Police: Parolee died from self-inflicted wound

By TERRY COLLINS | July 21, 2011 | 7:29 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police say they now believe a Washington parolee they thought was slain by officers in a shootout died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police Cmdr. Mike Biel said Thursday preliminary autopsy results showed the caliber of the bullet that killed 19-year-old Kenneth Harding did not match the caliber used by police.

Biel said a .380-caliber bullet entered Harding through his neck and lodged in his head, killing him. He said police use .40-caliber bullets.

Police said they had not determined whether Harding shot himself on purpose or by accident.

Investigators initially said Harding was gunned down by police after he opened fire on them during a chase Saturday.

They said an unfired.380-caliber bullet was found in Harding's pocket, but the gun itself was not recovered.