12/06/2000

Autopsy may refute officer's
account of Halloween party shooting
[LOS ANGELES, CA]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(LOS ANGELES) -- The coroner's report contradicts a Los Angeles police officer's account of the Halloween party shooting of an up-and-coming actor, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The report states that the television actor was hit in the back of the head once and three times in the back, according to Times.

Officer Tarriel Hopper, who responded a noise complaint at the Halloween party in Benedict Canyon, said that the actor, Anthony Dwain Lee, had pointed what looked like a gun at him while he walked around the house looking for the owner.

"He could not have withdrawn a gun from his waist and pointed a gun at the officer and then have been shot four times in the back. It's impossible," Cameron Stewart, the attorney handling the case for the law firm of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., told the Times.

Stewart said the next step will be to file a wrongful death claim with the city.

"They can be explained" LAPD spokesman Lt. Horace Frank said of the four shots in the back.

"It should be noted there were reports early on in this investigation that Mr. Lee was struck in the back," Frank told the Times.

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