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Attorney questions gunshot wound in unarmed man's back

  • CORRECTS ID FROM DWAYNE HILL TO JOSEPH GAY AND ADDS RELATIONSHIP OF BROWN TO THOMPSON- Matrice Stanley, center, sister of Donnell Thompson, who was fatally shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in Compton, Calif., her son and Thompson's nephew Joseph Gay, rear, and Thompson's sister Antoinette Brown, left, speak to reporters outside the County Hall of Administration after addressing county supervisors in downtown Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The Sheriff's Department earlier Tuesday had acknowledged that Thompson was not involved with a carjacker who had fired at pursuers when he was shot and killed on July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    CORRECTS ID FROM DWAYNE HILL TO JOSEPH GAY AND ADDS RELATIONSHIP OF BROWN TO THOMPSON- Matrice Stanley, center, sister of Donnell Thompson, who was fatally shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in Compton, Calif., her son and Thompson's nephew Joseph Gay, rear, and Thompson's sister Antoinette Brown, left, speak to reporters outside the County Hall of Administration after addressing county supervisors in downtown Los Angeles, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The Sheriff's Department earlier Tuesday had acknowledged that Thompson was not involved with a carjacker who had fired at pursuers when he was shot and killed on July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)  (The Associated Press)

  • Matrice Stanley, at left in black, sister of Donnell Thompson, 27, who was fatally shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in Compton, Calif., and other family members appear before Los Angeles County supervisors at the County Hall of Administration in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The Sheriff's Department earlier Tuesday had acknowledged that Thompson was not involved with a carjacker who had fired at pursuers when he was shot and killed on July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Matrice Stanley, at left in black, sister of Donnell Thompson, 27, who was fatally shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in Compton, Calif., and other family members appear before Los Angeles County supervisors at the County Hall of Administration in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The Sheriff's Department earlier Tuesday had acknowledged that Thompson was not involved with a carjacker who had fired at pursuers when he was shot and killed on July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)  (The Associated Press)

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Katz describes how the situation unfolded when a deputy shot and killed Donnell Thompson, 27, in Compton, Calif., on July 28, after a carjacking and car chase in which Thompson was not involved, at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that a man fatally shot by a deputy last month wasn't the carjacking suspect they were seeking. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Katz describes how the situation unfolded when a deputy shot and killed Donnell Thompson, 27, in Compton, Calif., on July 28, after a carjacking and car chase in which Thompson was not involved, at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that a man fatally shot by a deputy last month wasn't the carjacking suspect they were seeking. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

The attorney for the family of an unarmed man fatally shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy is questioning how one of two gunshot wounds was in the man's upper back.

Attorney Brian Dunn asked Thursday why one bullet hit 27-year-old Donnell Thompson Jr. in the back even though police say he was charging officers when he was shot.

Sheriff's Lt. John Corina says the wound was in Thompson's shoulder blade because of the firing angle of the deputy who shot him — up to 10 feet above Thompson in the turret of an armored car. The other bullet hit Thompson in the left chest above the heart.

The deputy fatally shot Thompson July 28 in Compton. Deputies suspected at the time that Thompson had been involved in an earlier carjacking and shootout with police and feared that he was armed when he ran toward them.

The department acknowledged Tuesday that Thompson was not involved with the carjacking or shootout.