Lawyer: Blunt trauma cause of homeless man's death

By GREG RISLING | September 7, 2011 | 3:15 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney representing a man whose homeless son died after a violent confrontation with California police officers says medical records show the cause of death was blunt head trauma.

Lawyer Garo Mardirossian told The Associated Press late Tuesday that he has received medical records from the hospital where 37-year-old Kelly Thomas died in July that reveal how he died. Also included in the report, according to Mardirossian, is that Thomas was shocked with a stun gun directly where his heart is located.

Mardirossian plans a press conference Wednesday to provide more details.

Thomas died in July following an altercation with six Fullerton officers that was captured on video. The officers have been placed on paid leave, while the Orange County district attorney's office and the FBI conduct separate investigations.

The county coroner's office has not yet finished its report, determining cause of death.