EBR Coroner: Man died of blunt force trauma

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:34pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) -- The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office has completed a final autopsy on Gunner Williamson, the man who was found unresponsive in the Tigerland area back in March.

Dr. Clark says that the official cause of death is listed as blunt force trauma (acute) to the head. The original autopsy performed on Williamson came back inconclusive. An in-depth analysis was performed and Dr. Clark says that the trauma is acute, meaning that it was sustained at the time of his death.

Williamson, 23, was found unresponsive in the Tigerland area on Thursday, March 8. He was taken to an area hospital where he was listed in critical condition for several days. He was declared brain dead and removed from life support on Saturday, March 12, 2012.

A family friend close to Williamson and his family told NBC33 News that he was found without his wallet. They say Williamson had left his home at around 1:00 a.m. to go to the Circle K to buy a soda and say he was carrying his wallet with him.

He never returned home.

Family members located Williamson in a local hospital, where he was listed as “John Doe.”

The Baton Rouge Police Department is currently investigating this case as a homicide. “We’ve been investigating this case as though it was a homicide from the beginning,” Sgt. Don Kelly, Baton Rouge Police Department, explained. “All this does is eliminate other possibilities we’ve considered. It gives us some clarity on what happened and eliminates some distractions. There were initially several other possibilities.”

Through the investigation detectives learned that Williamson was involved in a physical altercation in the weeks prior to the incident that lead to his death. “The family informed us that he was involved in a pretty serious fight where he had been beaten not long before this happened, so there are still a lot of things being investigated,” Sgt. Kelly noted. “We can’t rule anything out right now.”

What’s proving difficult in this investigation is the lack of witnesses. So far BRPD says no one actually saw what happened. “We’ve been following several leads, but we would certainly love to have more information from a witness.”

If you know anything about this incident call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867). You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637). Include CS225 at the beginning of your message.


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