Coroner: Cameron Massey died of multiple gunshots by Eufaula police

benw@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 23, 2013 

On the day Cameron Massey was laid to rest, a preliminary autopsy report shows the 26-year-old Columbus man died of multiple gunshot wounds during a traffic stop Oct. 15 in Eufaula, Ala.

Barbour County Coroner Chip Chapman said the cause of Massey’s death was multiple gunshots in the report released Wednesday. “It doesn’t say the location or anything like that,” the coroner said.

Massey was a passenger in a car that was stopped by police at 431 South Wrecker Service in Eufaula, authorities said. No details have been released in the 4:40 p.m. CDT shooting other than Massey was fatally shot by police during the traffic stop. Police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, pending the completion of an investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

The findings in the shooting will be turned over to the district attorney for review once the investigation is complete.

Chapman said it usually takes six to eight months for the full autopsy report, but it could be expedited because of the nature of the case. A huge crowd turned out for Massey’s funeral at the Community Center in Eufaula.

Edward DuBose, a Columbus resident and board member for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, spent Tuesday in Eufaula, gathering information and investigating the fatal shooting. “It’s going to get bigger before it gets smaller,” DuBose said Wednesday. “Information is coming in to us.”

DuBose said a person in law enforcement is helping the civil rights organization put together pieces of information in the shooting.

“This is going to be scrutinized at every level,” DuBose said. “The leadership in Alabama is looking into it.”

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