Coroner releases autopsy result for man shot outside police station

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LANCASTER, Pa (WHTM) – A man shot outside the Manheim Township Police Department was hit by a self-inflicted gunshot and a shot from a pollice officer, according to the Lancaster County coroner. 

Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni ruled John Simson’s death a homicide, which means someone else was responsible for his death. An investigation by the Lancaster County District Attorney Office will determine if it was justifiable homicide. 

Authorities say Simson, 65, had a shotgun when he came to the police station at 1825 Municipal Drive just before 3 p.m. Tuesday. He fired at least two shots, including one at himself, before one officer returned fire. 

The coroner said the self-inflicted gun shot was to Simson’s face. The bullet from officer’s weapon hit Simson’s body. 

The gunshot wound to the body is what likely killed Simson, according to the coroner. 

“While not complete, the investigation thus far clearly indicates Mr. Simson was not fully incapacitated by the self-inflicted wound, and he continued to pose a threat to officers and civilians in the area,” said Brett Hambright, spokesman for the DA’s office.

Simson was charged the previous week with counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a child, indecent assault of a child, unlawful contact with a minor, and corruption of a minor. Manheim Township police said he admitted to having sexual contact with a young girl since March 2017, when she was 8 years old.

He was released from custody after posting $50,000 bail.

The district attorney’s office is still investigating why Simson went to the police station armed and fired the shots.

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