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Autopsy shows man killed by U.S. Marshals was shot in head, chest

Autopsy results confirm that a 20-year-old federal fugitive died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest after U.S. Marshals opened fire on him after he allegedly tried to use his car as a weapon to thwart his arrest outside a busy west Medford grocery store Thursday.

The just-released autopsy results also classified the death of James “Jimmy” Georgeson, of Medford, as a homicide, but the report does not conclude that Georgeson's death was the result of a crime, Medford police said.

Under Oregon law, homicide is defined as the killing of one human being by another and it can either be deemed justifiable or criminal depending upon the circumstances.

Medford Police Chief Tim George declined tonight to reveal how many shots were fired.

Toxicology tests on Georgeson, who court records state had a long history of drug abuse, were not available and could take several weeks to complete, police said.

Information from the report was released tonight but police have not released the actual report.

The autopsy was done Saturday by Dr. James Olson, the Jackson County medical examiner.

Two U.S. Deputy Marshals opened fire on Georgeson inside a sport-utility vehicle he was driving in front of the Albertsons store front door at 5:22 p.m. Thursday after Marshals said Georgeson used his vehicle as a weapon, ramming a Marshals vehicle.

He was otherwise unarmed. Two others inside the vehicle at the time of the shooting were unharmed, police said.

Family members have called the shooting unjustified. The case will be presented to a grand jury for consideration, police said.

The Marshals have not been identified.

Georgeson was wanted for violating the conditions of his probation on a 2010 conviction in U.S. District Court for assault on a Deputy U.S. Marshal in June 2009 in Talent. Georgeson was to be incarcerated after he ignored a November federal court order requiring him to remain in an inpatient drug-treatment program, court records show.

— Mark Freeman