Medical examiner: Quanice Hayes not shot in back

Quanice Hayes, 17, was the suspect in an armed robbery

Quanice Hayes, 17, was shot to death by Portland police after using the replica gun pictured above in crimes on February 9, 2017 (PPB photos)
Quanice Hayes, 17, was shot to death by Portland police after using the replica gun pictured above in crimes on February 9, 2017 (PPB photos)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police say a Portland officer who shot and killed a 17-year-old fired three shots.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that state medical examiner Dr. Karen Gunson said Monday said despite social media posts from friends and family members claiming otherwise, Officer Andrew Hearst did not shoot Quanice Hayes in the back.

Gunson and Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson declined to describe where Hayes was hit by the officer’s bullets other than to say it was not in the back.

Police say Hayes allegedly used a replica gun to rob a man sitting in a car near Portland Value Inn of his state food benefits card before fleeing from police on Thursday. Police haven’t said what prompted the officer to fire.