“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SPOKANE COUNTY, August 17, 2017 â€“ The Spokane County Medical Examinerâ€™s Office has
confirmed the identity of the man who died as the result of an incident on Washington St. in Spokane, WA
on August 15, 2017.
Name: Jose Ismael Hernandez
Age: 24 years
Cause of Death: Gunshot wound to abdomen
Pending: A â€œpendingâ€ cause or manner of death means that the medical examiner is deferring the determination until the
death investigation and laboratory studies are complete. Additional studies can include toxicology tests, laboratory tests
such as cultures, and microscopic examination. On the day of autopsy the death investigation is still in progress.
In Medical Examiner cases when alcohol or drugs are suspected as having caused the death or contributed to death,
samples are sent to the Washington State Toxicology Lab in Seattle, WA for comprehensive quantitative forensic
toxicology testing, not simply a hospital-type urine drug screen. Such forensic analyses are detailed as required in
medical/legal matters and typically take anywhere from 2 to 10 weeks to obtain results. Once results are available, the
cause and manner of death are assessed based on all of the available evidence.
Note â€“ a pending toxicology result does not indicate that the cause of death will necessarily be the result of alcohol
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