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Autopsy report of man killed by police raises questions

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(WMC-TV) - The family of a man who was killed by police wants answers. Their attorney said the results of his autopsy only raise more questions.

Although he got it almost two weeks ago, attorney Howard Manis said he is still bothered by this autopsy report.

"It is very troubling," said Manis.

Manis represents the family of Steven Askew, who was shot and killed by Memphis police on January 17.

Officers Matthew Dyess and Ned Aufdenkamp found him asleep in his car. Memphis police said when they tried to wake Askew he pointed a gun at them, and they opened fire.

The autopsy concludes Askew died of multiple gunshot wounds. Manis suggests there were too many.

He said nine shots were documented in the autopsy report.

"Six in the back. One in the back of the neck. Two in the arms. And those are only the ones that hit him," he said.

Manis said he has requested the case file and other investigative documents from the city, but has yet to get a response.

Though he acknowledges the autopsy does not tell the entire story – he said it certainly tells part of it.

"It further draws question into what the officers say happened. We have not been able to locate any witness who says they ever saw our client point his gun at these officers or anything of that matter," said Manis.

Manis said he anticipates filing a civil suit at some point. How he proceeds, he said, depends on getting the files he requested from the city.

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