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UPDATE: Autopsy released for 71-year-old retired city worker killed in drive by shooting

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UPDATE: Autopsy results show the man shot while in the city’s latest homicide died of a gunshot wound to the back.

The report, released by the Hamilton County Medical Examiner, lists Orlandus Metcalf’s death as “violent”.

Metcalf was shot once in the back. The report shows the bullet left his chest and grazed his leg.

The 71-year-old former City of Chattanooga employee was killed on March 3 in a drive-by shooting. He was shot around 11:20 p.m. while inside his Taylor Street home.

His wife called 911 and EMS took Metcalf to the hospital where he was pronounced dead just after midnight.

Detectives told Channel 3 Metcalf appeared to be an innocent bystander and that they're investigating to see if the shooting is gang-related.


PREVIOUS STORY: A 71-year-old former City of Chattanooga employee was killed in a drive-by shooting late Wednesday night while in his bedroom. 

Orlandus Metcalf, who is retired from the city's Public Works Department, was shot in the back around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday while inside his home at 2610 Taylor Street in East Chattanooga.

His wife called 911 and EMS took Metcalf to the hospital where he was pronounced dead just after midnight.

Detective Chris Blackwell said Metcalf appears to be an innocent bystander and that they're investigating to see if the shooting is gang-related.

Channel 3 has learned Metcalf's grandson is a validated gang member and lived at 2610 Taylor Street until April 2015.

Blackwell found about 20 shell casings in front of the home and another 20 shell casings a hundred yards away on Fairleigh Street. Police are currently investigating to see if the two locations are related.

Chief Fred Fletcher said a high-powered rifle was used to shoot at the house.

"Drive-bys are more difficult to investigate," Blackwell explained. "It does help when the community reaches out to us and gives us information, if they saw anything, if they have cameras on their homes and have video recordings of any vehicle that has driven by this street."

There is no suspect information. Detectives are spending the morning talking with neighbors to see if they saw or heard anything or if they have home surveillance that can be useful in catching the shooters.

"Maybe watching TV or maybe getting ready for bed, and people go by shooting guns? It's just tragic," said Gail McKeel.

Shortly after the crime tape was taken down from the Taylor Street home, Gail McKeel wanted to pay her condolences to the widow of Orlandus Metcalf.

"I remember Orlandus, I remember that name, and I remember meeting him and it was a pleasant experience," McKeel said.

Metcalf dedicated his career to the Department of Public Works for 31 years.

While he was there he was the General Supervisor and handled the city's brush collection.

He retired in 2003. Metcalf's wife is a well-known employee at UTC. The two have lived in their Taylor Street home since 1986.

Metcalf's death marks the fourth homicide of 2016 in Chattanooga and the second fatal drive-by shooting. There have been no arrests in the four homicides this year.

"I don't care what your reasons are for not talking. If you know about a 71-year-old man getting killed in his bed and you don't say something? You helped kill him," said Chief Fred Fletcher.

Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call 423-698-2525.

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