Suspect died from gunshot wound to chest

April 15, 2004|EMILY BURTON

MORELAND - An autopsy has been completed on a suspect shot and killed by a state police special response team, but officials are not releasing specifics as the investigation continues.

Car theft suspect Jimmy D. Blakey, 28, of Bowen Road, was killed by a single bullet to the chest, reported Boyle County Deputy Coroner King Pruitt.

During his brief, preliminary exam, Pruitt positively identified the body and ruled the cause of death to be a "result of a gunshot wound to the sternum, in the center of the chest," said Pruitt.

Blakey's remains were retrieved from Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center by the office of the coroner and transported to the state medical examiner's office in Frankfort for autopsy.


Pruitt could not name with certainty the type of caliber used or the exact weapon that fired the shot, and state police have not released the information, pending investigation.

A full toxicology investigation also was begun. Samples of Blakey's blood have been sent to the toxicology lab for testing, a process that is expected to take anywhere from four to 12 months.

According to Pruitt, the exam lasted more than three hours and was completed about noon.

The remains have since been released to W.L. Pruitt Funeral Home in Moreland for services and burial.

The state police officer who fired the fatal round remains on administrative leave, as mandated by state police policy.

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