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Autopsy determines man thought to be shot was instead hit by train

A man found dead near train tracks in North Richmond on Thursday morning was initially thought to have been shot but an autopsy determined he had been hit by a train, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was identified on Saturday as 40-year-old William Cody Tate of San Pablo.

Tate was found near Parr Boulevard and Giant Road at about 10:45 a.m. on Thursday.

Google Maps A man identified as 40-year-old William Cody Tate of San Pablo was found dead near train tracks close to Parr Boulevard and Giant Road in North Richmond, Calif. Thursday, October 17, 2019. Sheriff’s deputies though Tate had been shot, but the autopsy revealed that he was likely hit by a train instead.

Richmond police and the sheriff’s office both responded and sheriff’s deputies thought the man appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound, according to the sheriff’s office.

But an autopsy determined that he had not been shot and had suffered blunt force trauma consisted with being hit by a train, sheriff’s officials said.

Detectives are continuing to investigate and have asked anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s office at (925) 646-2441 or (925) 313-2600.

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