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The Telegram
  • Police release autopsy results for Herkimer Co. killer

  • Authorities aren’t saying how many times 64-year-old Kurt Myers was shot by police following a shooting spree that left four people dead last week, but they did reveal Tuesday the extent of his fatal injuries.

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  • Authorities aren’t saying how many times 64-year-old Kurt Myers was shot by police following a shooting spree that left four people dead last week, but they did reveal Tuesday the extent of his fatal injuries.
    According to Myers’ death certificate, the Mohawk man died from internal bleeding after multiple gunfire struck his heart, aorta, liver, lungs and right kidney, state police Senior Investigator Timothy Blaise said.
    New York State Police and FBI tactical units opened fire on Myers as he shot at them from a small utility room inside the abandoned Glory Days bar and former General Herkimer Hotel last Thursday morning. The shootout began when Myers killed a K-9 unit.
    Blood tests will still take some time to determine if Myers had any medications or controlled substances in his system at the time of the shootings.  
    Police were not yet releasing the autopsy results for the four people Myers killed in double shootings nearly 24 hours earlier at a barbershop in Mohawk and an oil lube shop in Herkimer last Wednesday morning, Blaise said.
    Two survivors continued to recover Tuesday from their injuries – barber John Seymour remained in fair condition, while Dan Haslauer was still critical.
    Although state police continue to search for clues to Myers’ motive, Blaise said authorities are somewhat surprised that very few people so far have come forward who had known Myers.
    Anyone with information about Myers is asked to call state police in Herkimer at 866-7275.
    In the meantime, Blaise said, police are continuing to explore Myers’ financial circumstances leading up to his deadly rampage in Herkimer County. Although police aren’t saying his money troubles pushed him over the edge, they did note that the jobless Myers had appeared to be living off his credit cards.
    Myers had already accumulated at least $22,000 on two credit cards – one $16,000, the other $6,000 – often using the cards to take out cash advances, Blaise said.
    Police are planning to contact some of the local stores, restaurants and gas stations where Myers would make frequent purchases, hoping that someone might remember him, Blaise said.
    Myers was not receiving any Social Security, unemployment or retirement payments, Blaise said, but he had been awarded $40,000 in a workers compensation claim several years ago when he hurt his shoulder working for Northeastern Nonwovens, Inc., Blaise said.
    Myers left that job in 2006 and returned to the Mohawk Valley.
    It was unclear whether Myers still has any of that money saved up, and police are waiting to get a subpoena to search the records for at least one of Myers’ known bank accounts, Blaise said.
    Myers declared bankruptcy in 1994.
     
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