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Report: Gladewater man died of ‘gunshot wounds’

Report: Gladewater man died of ‘gunshot wounds’
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 10:12am

The 56-year-old man shot by Gladewater police died of “gunshot wounds,” according to a preliminary autopsy report, possibly indicating he was shot more than once.

The cause of death was listed as homicide.

Investigators have not released information about how many times Willie B. Green of Gladewater was shot a week ago today by police who said he charged three officers with a knife at a furniture store in the 200 block of South Main Street.

All three officers — whose names will not be released until the investigation is complete — were placed on paid administrative leave.

Gladewater Police Chief Farrell Alexander said officers were dispatched to B&C Furniture about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in connection with a report of a fight in the alley behind the business.

When police arrived, Alexander said, three officers entered the store and found Green with a knife.

“There was only one officer involved in the shooting, and a total of three officers present,” he said last week. “Tasers were used by two separate officers prior to the use of deadly force by the third officer.”

Green was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Alexander said any information regarding the “crime scene and any other sequence of events or other witnesses must be released by the Texas Rangers who are conducting the investigation.”

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