A medical examiner in Seattle found the cause of death of a gunshot victim in the city’s medical examiner’s office was “possibly a homicide” and “could have been caused by a variety of other causes,” the Seattle Police Department said in a statement.
“There are no additional findings to release at this time,” the statement said.
The statement comes days after the coroner in Spokane found that the cause and manner of the death of 23-year-old William T. O’Brien, who died on Feb. 19 at a hospital in the neighborhood of 6th Avenue and Broadway, was “probably” a homicide.
O,Brien was shot multiple times in the chest while he was in the hospital, and died a few hours later.
Police said O’Briens death was the result of a botched medical exam, and the medical examiner concluded that the officer who shot O’Brian had violated department policy and procedures.
“The manner and cause of O’Maren’s death were investigated and ruled a homicide, with a probable cause determination based on the medical evidence,” the SPD said in its statement.
The coroner said that after examining the autopsy, the medical examiners findings “were consistent with a homicide.”
The Seattle Police Association said that O’Brants death was “a terrible tragedy.”
“William was a very bright young man who was loved by everyone,” said Mark Stebbins, the president of the union.
“He was a member of the community who was doing a good job.”
The medical examiner said the officer responsible for O’Trayan’s death was not suspended.
“We were aware that an investigation had been initiated by the Seattle police department and that there was an internal investigation going on,” the medical Examiner said.
“At this time, there is no new information to share on this investigation.”
The SPD said it was cooperating with the investigation and would provide more information in the coming days.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.