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D.C. Medical Examiner rules homicide as cause of death of Terrence Sterling

D.C. Medical Examiner rules homicide as cause of death of Terrence Sterling (Photo: Metropolitan Police Department Body Camera Surveillance Screenshot)

One day after body camera footage of the police-involved shooting of Terrence Sterling was released to the public, the District Medical Examiner ruled Sterling's death as a homicide.

The medical examiner says Sterling suffered from a gunshot wounds to the neck and back.

On September 11, D.C. police shot and killed Sterling, 31, who was reportedly driving erratically on a motorcycle when he ended up striking a police car.

The incident happened on 3rd and M St., NW according to Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham.

“The person that was riding the motorcycle attempted to flee, ended up striking the police car and at that point shots were fired,” Newsham said.

Sterling was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Amid controversy on Tuesday, Mayor Muriel Bowser's office decided to release video footage from Officer Brian Trainer, 27, who turning on his body camera moments after he discharged his service weapon during the shooting.

The family had a chance to view the footage before its release to the public.

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