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New report: Freddie Gray suffered a fatal head wound while in the police van

Sources said the medical examiner found Gray’s catastrophic injury was caused when he slammed into the back of the police transport van, apparently breaking his neck; a head injury he sustained matches a bolt in the back of the van.

According to law enforcement sources speaking to WJLA, Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury when his head slammed into the back of a police van.

The sources, who were reportedly briefed on the Baltimore police investigation which was handed over to prosecutors on Thursday, said a wound on Gray’s head is consistent with a bolt found in the back of the van.

From WJLA:

Sources said the medical examiner found Gray’s catastrophic injury was caused when he slammed into the back of the police transport van, apparently breaking his neck; a head injury he sustained matches a bolt in the back of the van.

Details surrounding exactly what caused Gray to slam into the back of the van was unclear. The officer driving the van has yet to give a statement to authorities. It’s also unclear whether Gray’s head injury was voluntary or was a result of some other action.

These new developments contradict a leak to the Washington Post claiming Gray severed his own spine while trying to harm himself. However, the sources didn’t indicate whether Gray’s injuries were self-inflicted or not.

Additionally, the report contradicts a CNN interview with a relative of one of the officers involved in the incident, who claimed Gray’s injuries resulted from his arrest and not while he was in the van.

The officer who was driving the police can has allegedly not given a statement to investigators as of yet.

[Featured image: phillymag.com]

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