DAYTON, Ohio (FOX19) - Two victims who died in the Dayton mass shooting were shot by police, but the coroner says those victims did not die as a result of those gunshots.
Montgomery County Coroner Dr. Kent E. Harshbarger says one of the victims was shot by two lethal rounds from gunman Connor Betts and then two rounds, which would have been lethal on their own, fired by police.
A second victim suffered a superficial wound from police, but a lethal shot by Betts.
Harshbarger made this announcement while revealing the results of the preliminary autopsies performed on those who died in the Aug. 4 Oregon District shooting.
“There’s always danger in shooting, danger in not shooting," Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl. "Both decisions can result in adverse outcomes and that is true in this incident. However, the substantial danger in not shooting and not immediately stopping the assailant would have without question resulted in exponentially more fatalities.”
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Harshbarger said none of the other 17 victims wounded in the shooting were shot by police as far as he can tell in his autopsy findings. All of those people injured survived.
He said it would be a better question for the trauma team, but in his opinion, none of the nine victims who died could’ve survived if they were treated earlier.
Harshbarger says Betts had drugs and alcohol in his system at the time of the shooting.
He says the autopsy showed cocaine, alprazolam (a brand of Xanax), and alcohol.
A pipe device was found in Betts’ pocket along with a clear plastic bag filled with cocaine, Harshbarger said.
The coroner says he found 52 bullet wounds including entrance and exit wounds when examining Betts. He said he believes 24 to 26 of the bullet wounds are entrance wounds.
Betts was hit in the torso and upper and lower extremities of his body above and to the side of the body armor he was wearing, Harshbarger said.
He says the vest stopped one round by police.
During a news conference Tuesday ,Biehl confirmed nine people were killed by gunshot wounds: four female and five male. 17 others — 11 female and six male — were injured by gunshots on Aug. 4.
Chief Biehl says the shooter, his sister and their friend arrived in the Oregon District and parked in a lot at 11:04 p.m.
Police say Betts began shooting at approximately 1:05:35. Shooter was down at approximately 1:06:07 (32 seconds).
Monday, federal authorities announced charges against Ethan Kollie, 24, of Kettering in connection with the shooting.
A U.S. magistrate judge Thursday ordered that Kollie be held without bond.
Kollie, a friend of gunman Connor Betts, 24, is charged with federally lying on federal firearms forms in order to purchase weapons and with illegally possessing those weapons.
He bought Betts’ body armor, a gun accessory and a 100-round double drum magazine, according to federal authorities.
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The gunman’s sister Megan was the youngest of the nine shooting victims; the oldest was 57.
The victims are: Lois L. Oglesby, 27, Saeed Saleh, 38, Derrick R. Fudge, 57, Logan M. Turner, 30, Nicholas P. Cumer, 25, Thomas J. McNichols, 25, Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis, 36, Monica E. Brickhouse, 39, and Megan Betts.