The death of Titus Latchison, a troubled Army veteran who threw knives at police outside his Killeen home in 2014, was ruled a homicide.
Latchison, 37, a sergeant who got out of the Army at Fort Hood in 2011, was shot by a Killeen police officer on April 4, 2014, outside his home in the 4500 block of Golden Gate Drive in Killeen. Latchison died Sept. 4, 2015, at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Temple. An autopsy was performed by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas.
Although Latchison died almost a year and a half after he was shot by police, the institute found that the injuries caused by the shooting resulted in his death.
“Based on the case history and autopsy findings, it is our opinion that Titus Romale Latchison, a 37-year-old male, died as a result of the sequelae of remote gunshot wounds,” according to the autopsy report.
On the day he was shot, Latchison called a suicide hotline threatening to kill himself, according to the report. “When police arrived, the decedent began throwing knives and was subsequently shot by officers.”
After the shooting, Latchison’s family said the veteran lived in pain with multiple medical issues until he died.
“He lost a lung. He lost his spleen. He lost over half his small intestines,” Latchison’s mother, Killeen resident Juanita Guillory, said in September.
According to the autopsy report, Latchison sustained gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen. One bullet was found inside his body during the autopsy.
While in the hospital, Latchison was charged with aggravated assault of a public servant and was awaiting trial when he died.
The officer who shot Latchison was identified by Killeen Police Department officials as Kyle Moore.
Moore was initially placed on administrative leave, per KPD protocol. A statement released by KPD said Moore completed his administrative leave and was released to duty. Moore was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case by a grand jury last year.
“The grand jury took ‘no action’ on the shooting, indicating it was legal and justified,” KPD said in a statement to the Herald on Monday.
The autopsy ruling does not change anything as far as the police investigation or administrative action for Moore, police said.
Moore is still on the force, KPD said in the statement.
Latchison’s father, retired Sgt. 1st Class Bobby Latchison, said Monday he had no immediate comment on the autopsy ruling.
Titus Latchison served in the Army for 13 years as an aviation fueler, and deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan, his family said. Family members said Latchison suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, but he denied it for years.
He spent most of his time in the Army with the 1st Cavalry and 4th Infantry divisions at Fort Hood.