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Family of Trayford Pellerin release preliminary findings of independent autopsy report

Attorney questions why there was allegedly no evidence that Pellerin was struck by a taser
Trayford Pellerin
Posted at 4:48 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 22:18:42-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The attorney representing the family of Trayford Pellerin has released the preliminary findings of an independent autopsy report on Pellerin who was fatally shot by police on Aug. 21.

According to a press release from Roland Haley and Associations, Pellerin suffered 10 gunshots directly into his body with an additional two to three more wounds as a result of “projectile fire” when officers from the Lafayette Police Department.

The attorney also questions why there was allegedly no evidence that Pellerin was struck by a taser.

Pellerin's attorney provided KATC with a copy of their report from "American Forensics" out of Mesquite, Texas.

The report indicates Pellerin was shot multiple times including in the lower right arm, the right lateral chest, the abdomen, possibly on the right hip, in the upper right thigh, left torso, left upper thigh, left leg above the knee, mid right back, and left index finger.

The death was classified a homicide; the preliminary cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.

In addition to the bullet holes in Pellerin’s body, there were at minimum four more holes in the wall of the gas station, the release states. Another bullet hit the glass door of the Shell station, causing it to shatter.

In total, Lafayette Police fired at least 17 shots at close range.

According to the release, the forensic evidence does not support Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s assertion that there were “multiple tries” to subdue Pellerin “through the use of tasers."

The release also states that the pathologist found absolutely no evidence on Pellerin’s body that he was ever struck by a taser.

The pathologist likewise observed no defensive markings to
suggest there was any sort of scuffle, the release stats, instead there was only brush burns present on the knees as a result of falling to the ground.

The release also claims that Lafayette Police handcuffed Pellerin after he was shot as there were bruises located on his wrists consistent with being handcuffed.

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