LANCASTER – A Hispanic man who was killed in an alley six weeks ago by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies was shot at least four times, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by The AV Times.
Christian Cobian, 26, suffered a potentially fatal gunshot wound to the right side of the head, a nonfatal gunshot wound to the right shoulder, a fatal gunshot wound to the left chest, a nonfatal gunshot wound to the scrotum, and a potentially fatal wound to the back of the left thigh, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Case Report. The gunshot wounds to the head and right shoulder could possibly have come from the same bullet, according to the report.
The shooting happened around 10:55 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, according to a Sheriff’s press report released the day after the incident. Cobian was riding a bicycle without a headlight in a dimly lit area near 10th Street West and Avenue J-4 when two Lancaster Station deputies in a two-deputy patrol car attempted to make contact with Cobian, according to the press report.
“The suspect ignored the deputies’ commands to stop, dropped the bicycle, and ran into the rear of a nearby business,” reads the Sheriff’s press report.
A more detailed synopsis in the Coroner’s Autopsy Report reads:
He was seen holding a bulge at his waistband and ran into the rear parking lot. He continued running along the building, stopped at the trash can, turned around with his hand in his waistband and the 2 deputies fired shots striking the decedent [Cobian].
Cobian was chased on foot by one deputy, while the second deputy followed in a radio car, according to the coroner investigator’s narrative. Both deputies fired a total of 13 shots, and at least four of those shots hit Cobian, according to the report.
Cobian was found in the southwest corner of the parking lot, supine (on his back, face up) on the ground between the trash dumpster closest to the building and metal pipes. He was wearing a black shirt, black belt, blue pants, black boxers and black shoes, according to the narrative. There was a pink bicycle on the sidewalk between the University of Antelope Valley building and 10th Street West, according to the narrative.
Paramedics were notified, responded to the scene and pronounced death at 11:15 p.m., according to the coroner’s narrative.
Per policy, the coroner’s office does not elaborate on the information in an autopsy report, according to Chief Coroner Craig Harvey.
Calls and emails to Sheriff’s spokesmen Mike Parker and Steve Whitmore were not immediately returned Friday. Sheriff’s officials have said that no weapon was recovered from the scene.
View the entire Cobian Autopsy report here.
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