According to the official version of events, Murray killed himself with a final shot to the head with a pistol he was carrying:
--"The deputy coroner identified several wounds to the shooter, including a wound to the left leg, left wrist and hand, chest, and a head wound that
inflicted through the mouth
[Comment: Emphasis mine. No autopsy reports were included in the release. No details on the final shot are available.]
--Matthew Murray.... put his weapon in his mouth and fired, causing a fatal wound, according to an autopsy report released .... .
There were three good eyewitnesses to Murray's final minute, all within feet of him. Carl Shinn and Jeanne Assam on the security detail and church
attendee Larry Bourbonnais. Yet despite their excellent vantage points, exactly none
of them said they saw Matthew Murray shoot himself.
Witness Carl Chinn, part of the security detail:
"...he and Jeanne got to the gunman at about the same time. .... He said the gunman's left hand and index finger were near the trigger of the
. Mr. Chinn said he was standing on the left side of the gunman and was pointing his gun at the gunman's head and was holding it
approximately 8" from the gunman's left temple. He said he was watching the gunman's eyes and the trigger finger near the assualt rifle
.... He also observed blood squirting from the right side of the gunman's neck area."
[Comment: The blood exiting the neck must have been the final shot. In which case Murray's hand should have been on or near a pistol, not a
Jeanne Assam said she popped out from cover when she heard the suspect reloading, and started shooting. "...she continued to shoot and she had the
impression that he was going to pull a grenade so she continued to shoot while he was down
. Jeanne said the shooter said something about
shooting himself, perhaps: "I'm just gonna shoot myself," and he did something
; she thought it had to do with a grenade. ...." "..and
then a shot was fired. .... I asked Jeanne if she was talking about her gun shooting or his gun shooting. Jeanne said it could
been his gun but that she was not
talking about her gun. Jeanne used her right hand and gestured up toward her right temple with a simulated
handgun and indicated she didn't see the shooter do anything of that nature
. ... I asked Jeanne about the distance between her and the shooter
at this point. Jeanne .... estimated she was couple of feet back from his feet and covering him in a ready position... ....Jeanne said the shooter
was bleeding from his mouth and she also saw blood on the right side of his neck."
CSPD Det. Happ:
"I asked Jeanne about the shooter's (statement) that he was going to kill himself and if she fired any more shots after
he made that
statement. Jeanne said she did
because she believed he was going to pull the pin on a grenade."
[Comment: In this statement Jeanne directly contradicts her earlier account.]
Witness Larry Bourbonnais: He "said that he saw the female shoot the suspect and he saw a pool of blood forming near the suspect's head
the suspect "bled out."
Well it does not look like a suicide to me. By the preponderance of the evidence, the security guard Jeanne Assam fired the final, fatal shot. But
it also looks like a pistol was put into his mouth for the fatal shot. That would make this kind of a "coup de grace
"-type shot. Perhaps
suitable for an execution, but a big no-no for anybody else. You could even call it murder. Which explains why the witnesses suddenly could see no
evil. After all, Matthew Murray was the villain here. Why complicate the issue by criminally charging the heroine of the incident?
Maybe she was goaded on by Bourbonnais:
"She fired off 10 or 12 shots and we both came around the corner and he started sliding down and he started bleeding. He looked pretty dead. I
told her to take a headshot
"As they got close to the suspect sliding down the wall to the floor. Mr. Bourbonnais said he encouraged the woman to shoot the suspect in the
to make sure he was dead.... "
And so a cover-up was born:
"Mr. Bourbonnais wanted to make sure
the police understood
the woman who shot the bad guy was fully justified
stating, "it was
a good shoot." "
Though by the sound of it, this woman may not have needed a lot of extra encouragement:
Just before the shooting at about 1pm, she was talking with CSPD Officer Wyatt(assigned to the church for traffic control) and told him that she
wanted to join the Colo Springs Police Dept. She ask him a question on "which divisions saw more action
than others; which shifts saw more
than others. Jeanne also ask me if I was ever involved in a deadly force situation
[edit on 15-9-2008 by starviego]