Autopsy raises question for family of suspect killed in shootin

Autopsy raises question for family of suspect killed in deputy involved shooting

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The autopsy report shows seven gunshot wounds, six of them in the back of David Fish. The autopsy report shows seven gunshot wounds, six of them in the back of David Fish.
Bell and her father have been trying to understand what happened on October 14, the day her brother was killed. Bell and her father have been trying to understand what happened on October 14, the day her brother was killed.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

CROSSVILLE (WATE) - The autopsy report in a deadly deputy involved shooting shows the suspect was shot seven times and the suspect's family says it is suspicious.

The shooting happened in October when a sheriff's deputy responded to a trespassing call at 105 Spooner Drive in Cumberland County.

Officials say an altercation occurred and Deputy John Human shot and killed 41-year-old David Fish.

As a standard procedure, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department handed the investigation over to TBI because it involves one of their deputies. TBI says there is an open case into the shooting, but they cannot release any details because of the ongoing investigation.

The suspect's sister says it has been five months and she and her family have heard nothing. Now she's demanding answers.

"It's just grief, anger, we can't get any answers," said Kimberly Bell, the sister of David Fish.

Bell and her father have been trying to understand what happened on October 14, the day her brother was killed.

"I've called them, left messages, begging them to return my calls and none of them respond to me. I'm not getting any information from anybody," she said.

Fish, a Cumberland County native, had domestic assault charges placed against him in a past relationship according to records.

On the day he died, officials say Deputy John Human was responding to a trespassing call at Fish's fiance's residence. But Bell says that's where he lived.

"He lived there, he lived there for three years, how could you be trespassing?" she asked.

She has dozens of letters and documents showing that was her brother's address.

According to the autopsy report, Fish attacked Deputy Human with an iron skillet leading him to fire his weapon.

The report shows seven gunshot wounds, six of them in the back of David Fish.

"The first shot was enough to kill him. What were all these other ones for?" Bell questions.

The medical examiner could not say which shot was fired first or what order they were fired. 

Bell says the sight of her brothers bullet riddled body is one she cannot forget.

"I was horrified. It was disgusting," Bell said. "And seeing my brother's body the way it was, was traumatizing, I'll never forget that."

Now she just wants to understand why it happened.

"We was best friends. We had such a tight bond and I miss him so bad," she said.

6 News was unable to get in touch with Fish's former fiance.

Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess says Deputy John Human is back to work.  He could not comment any further because TBI is handling the investigation.

TBI says they are waiting for the final autopsy before they can close their case and then hand it over to the district attorney. They do not have a time frame on when that might happen.

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