INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Coroner’s Office released the autopsy of Dreasjon Reed to his family Wednesday morning.
In a statement, the office said it received the decision from the Marion Superior Court granting the release to Reed’s mother, Demetree Wynn.
Reed’s family had planned a news conference Wednesday morning demanding the release of the report. They arrived at the coroner’s office to obtain it.
Reed was fatally shot during an encounter with police in May following a chase that he had streamed on Facebook.
Police maintain that Reed fired a gun before the shooting, a claim his family and their attorney dispute. A special prosecutor has been assigned to the case.
Reed’s mother and attorneys didn’t release details of the report, saying they needed to do a thorough review. While speaking to reporters, Wynn wore a shirt memorializing her son that said “I am Dreasjon Reed” and couldn’t hide her anger and pain.
“I can’t breathe. My heart hurts, but I’m standing here, and there is no way in hell you can do that to someone’s kid and be okay with it,” said Wynn.
Reed’s family attorney again insists the IMPD is lying about Reed firing a weapon.
“He did not point or brandish a gun at an officer. We’ve said it again and again and again,” said attorney Fatima Johnson. “As we said from the beginning, this was an unjustified murder. There’s a cover up going, and we know the odds are stacked against us.”
The special prosecutor assigned to the case previously filed a petition asking the release of the autopsy be prohibited, claiming it could harm the ongoing investigation.
The family attorney admits the report likely won’t sway their opinion of what happened.
“I have not laid my eyes on the report, so I won’t comment on it right now. We’re going to read it and review it,” said Johnson.
“A lot of people get confused because that type of information does not show you the position of the shooter. You can’t do a distance determination on a human body. All you’ll know from the autopsy is where the projectile entered and came to rest and the path of travel,” said attorney Ralph Staples, who is not connected to the case.
Staples added that the autopsy likely won’t provide much insight into whether the shooting was justified or not.
“It’s all scientific evidence which can be used to draw inferences, but that’s about it,” said Staples.
“You can try if you want to, but you can’t do what you did to my son and tell me it was right. I don’t care what any report says. I know what I saw,” said Wynn.
Two things we do know from the autopsy: Reed died from multiple gunshot wounds and the case has been ruled a homicide.
Special Prosecutor Rosemary Khoury released a statement on the report’s release:
The Marion County Superior Court has ruled to allow for the release of the autopsy report by the Marion County Coroner to the family of Dreasjon Reed. We fully anticipate that the family attorney will adhere to the confidentiality requirements set forth by the Indiana Code which prohibits the release of certain information contained in the report. The State has petitioned the court to allow for the investigation to be completed before releasing the report so that a thorough and complete investigation could be conducted. This investigation is still ongoing, and the team respects and will adhere to the Court’s decision as it works to provide as comprehensive an investigation as possible.