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March 10, 2013

Autopsy: Gunshot wounds killed Aubin

PLATTSBURGH — An autopsy found Richard J. Aubin died from injuries resulting from three gunshot wounds.

Forensic Pathologist Dr. Michael Sikirica conducted the autopsy at Albany Medical Center.

The results of additional forensic examination and analysis are pending, State Police said in a press release.

Police continue to investigate the circumstances of Aubin’s death Tuesday night in what State Police describe in the release as “a violent struggle in which he (Aubin) grabbed a state trooper’s firearm.”

When Aubin took the gun from Trooper Marcia Pooler, police said, Trooper Leston Sheeley fired his division-issued .45 Glock automatic pistol. Aubin died in the wooded area near Liberty Road where the two officers were trying to apprehend him after a high-speed car chase on Route 9.

Pepper spray was first used against Aubin during the confrontation in the woods, but it was not effective, State Police Troop B Capt. Robert LaFountain has said.

Police initially tried to pull Aubin over for driving 95 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone and reckless driving, LaFountain said.

‘TRAGIC’

Aubin was known as Joey to his friends and family.

His mother, Cheryl Aubin, was initially at a loss for words when reached by the Press-Republican Friday evening.

“I am so numb,” she said. “I’m just flabbergasted.”

But she did share some memories of her son.

“He had an infectious smile,” Cheryl said. “Everybody was drawn to him.”

“I can’t wrap my brain around it. I’m physically ill,” said Angela Ouimette, Joey’s older sister.

“It’s just tragic, either side,” she said.

While her family is grieving, Ouimette knows others are, as well.

“I can’t imagine what the officers went through,” she said.

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

Ouimette and Joey’s first cousin Jessi Thwaits remember him as a gentle, fun-loving man.

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