|Photo From the Denver Post|
An even bigger surprise is the stance each officer must have taken during the shooting. Two of the bullets penetrated the tiny body of Hernandez, only 60 inches tall, seated in a late model sedan. The bullets entered the youth's body from left side to right side, in an upward trajectory.
At least one more bullet entered the youth's body, but took a higher-to-lower trajectory. This third bullet entered Hernandez's upper left pelvis and exited eventually through her right thigh. The bullets were not shot at close range because there was no evidence of gunpowder residue.
Denver Police claim Hernandez was backing into one of the officers so the officers shot her in self defense. However, since the three shots were made from the driver's side of the vehicle, it is difficult to argue the teen was trying to run the offices over. They could not have been both behind the parked vehicle and on the right side at the same moment.
The autopsy ruled the death a homicide which, contrary to sensationalist headlines, means little. Homicide is the killing of one human being by another. Murder is the wrongful killing of one human being by another. The Medical Examiner's report did not find a murder had occurred, nor did it exonerate the officers involved. The ultimate verdict may be rendered in a court of law, or by the Denver Police investigations bureau if it finds the shootings were justified.