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Medical examiner releases autopsy findings

WAUKESHA, Wis.—The medical examiner for Waukesha County, which includes Brookfield, the site of the shooting of 11 people on March 12, has released the autopsy results for Terry Ratzmann.

Terry Ratzmann
Terry Ratzmann

Mr. Ratzmann shot 11 people during Sabbath services of the Living Church of God in Brookfield, killing eight people including himself.

The autopsy revealed evidence of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an inflammation of the thyroid gland. Symptoms can include goiter and autoimmune disorders.

County medical examiner Dr. Lynda Biedrzycki announced that the autopsy found no drugs or alcohol in Mr. Ratzmann's body.

Because the blood had broken down by the time of the autopsy, the medical examiner said she could not determine the extent of the disorder.

Brookfield police said that at most the thyroid disorder could have been only a "contributing" cause of the shooting.

The autopsy report, according to news reports in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and on the Web site, gave the official cause of death as a "gunshot wound to the head."

The report, according to gmtoday. com, also stated that Mr. Ratzmann had a bicuspid aortic valve (a congenital heart abnormality) and a mild case of hepatic steatosis (fatty degeneration of the liver) and was missing parts of three fingers on his left hand from an old injury.

Dr. Biedrzycki performed the autopsy on March 13, the day after the shootings.

For many articles and photographs related to the Brookfield killings, see The Journal, March 31.

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