Schenectady "stabbing" victim actually died of gunshot wound

September 26, 2012
Updated 8:59 a.m.
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— The man who police initially said had been stabbed to death early Saturday morning actually died from a gunshot wound, police said Tuesday.

Police formally released the final cause of death two days after an autopsy confirmed 47-year-old Justin Coleman died as a result of gunfire, police said.

Police also released the change in cause of death a day after confirming they were investigating reports of gunshots at the time and location of the killing. But they declined to say then how those gunshots related to the killing.

A woman who lives nearby told The Daily Gazette on Monday that she heard gunshots close by, looked outside and saw Coleman injured and calling for help.

In a news release Tuesday, police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said the initial confusion related to the physical characteristics of the wound Coleman suffered. Those led hospital staff to initially believe Coleman had been stabbed.

McCracken confirmed later he was aware of the change in cause of death Sunday but wasn’t authorized to release that information until Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the search for Coleman’s killer continues, with police releasing no new information related to the investigation.

Coleman was found by police fatally injured on the front steps outside his 63 Elm St. home just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Neighbors described Coleman, who was believed to be a disc jockey, as a nice man who helped out when needed.

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