Photo: Coroner demonstrates how cop shooter killed himself

In attempt to remove any doubt about how events transpired during a shoot out with police March 9, Hamilton County Coroner O’dell Owens called a press conference to give the cause of death of the shooter.

During the press conference Owens held a photo and used his hand to demonstrate how 23-year-old Matt Hutchinson held the gun to his temple, pressing it against his flesh and pulled the trigger. The photo Owens is holding is not of Hutchinson, but a stock photo used in demonstrations of this kind of death.

Though I only did cursory reporting on this story and did not delve too deeply into it, no matter what side you look at – from the two officers who were shot (but are going to be OK) or the family of the shooter and his two friends in the car with him who may or may not have been a contributors to this situation (they’ve been charged by police) (and not to mention the officers who were not shot but were caught up in this horrible situation) – this is a sad story all the way around.

Owens demonstrates shot to head

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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