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AUTOPSY

November 14, 1995

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Authorities are still investigating the activities of a suspected bank robber who eluded capture before killing himself.

An autopsy has determined that a suspected bank robber died Friday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being struck by two bullets fired by Lawrence police.

During an autopsy Saturday, Douglas County Coroner Dr. Jill Gould determined William C. Post died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the right side of his head. That fatal gunshot was fired from a .357-caliber revolver that was found next to Post's body, Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson said.

Post, who is suspected of robbing the Western National Bank on Thursday in Lenexa, took his own life moments after exchanging gunfire with Lawrence Police Detectives Michael Pattrick and Randy Roberts.

Pattrick was shot in the right shoulder during the gunfight. He was treated Friday at an area hospital and released.

Post, according to the autopsy, suffered a graze wound to his right forearm and a gunshot wound in his upper left shoulder. The bullet from the shoulder wound lodged in his left side.

Anderson said the autopsy revealed that neither of the wounds Post received would have been immediately fatal.

"The one in his left shoulder could have (been fatal) eventually," Anderson said. "But certainly not then."

Anderson said the coroner retrieved one bullet from Post's body, but no tests had been done to determine which detective fired that shot.

Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin said last week he believed that both detectives acted properly by firing their weapons. As a matter of procedure, both were placed on administrative leave pending completion of an internal investigation of the incident.

Olin said Monday he expected to complete his review of reports from the incident and make an announcement about the investigation later today.

Meanwhile, investigations continue to determine how Post, a convicted bank robber who was paroled in March after serving 23 years in the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, got the gun he was carrying, Anderson said.

Lawrence police also are trying to determine Post's activities between his arrival Thursday in Lawrence and Friday morning, when he allegedly stole a utility truck from JDS Construction, 1927 Moodie Rd.

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