Bottle in car of Ohio man shot by police held fragrance: coroner

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Bottle in Samuel DuBose's Car Was Air Freshener, Not Gin


The coroner investigating the death of Samuel DuBose, who was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer earlier this month, said on Monday that a bottle found in his car marked as gin held fragrance, not an alcoholic beverage.

The substance in the bottle was "consistent with compounds commonly found in fragrance products, such as air fresheners and perfumes," said a statement from the office of Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco.

DuBose was pulled over by police officer Raymond Tensing on July 19 because the vehicle he was driving did not have a front license plate. Footage from Tensing's body camera showed the officer noticed a bottle on the floor of the car. DuBose handed him the bottle, marked as gin, and told him it was air freshener.

About a minute later, the two men struggled after DuBose, 43, refused Tensing's request to step out of the car. Tensing reached into the car with his weapon and fatally shot DuBose in the head.

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Bottle in car of Ohio man shot by police held fragrance: coroner
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing appears at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
In this July 19, 2015, frame from body camera video provided by the University of Cincinnati Campus Police, university Officer Ray Tensing stands next to motorist Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop for a missing front license plate in Cincinnati. DuBose was fatally shot by the officer after a struggle ensued when he refused to provide a driver's license and get out of the car. Tensing was indicted Wednesday, July 29 on a murder charge. (University of Cincinnati Campus Police via AP)
This booking photograph released Wednesday, July 29, 2015, by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office shows University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing, who turned himself in Wednesday afternoon to face murder and manslaughter charges in the traffic stop shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati earlier this month. (Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, left, stands across the street from protestors outside the funeral services for Samuel DuBose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. DuBose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Photos of Samuel DuBose hang on a pole at a memorial, Wednesday July 29, 2015 in Cincinnati, near where he was shot and killed by a University of Cincinnati police office. Murder and manslaughter charges were announced against University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing for the traffic stop shooting death of DuBose. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)
Mourners Shanicca Soloman cries in the embrace of friend Terrell Whitney outside funeral services for Samuel Dubose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, center left, meets with protestors during a demonstration outside the Hamilton County Courthouse after murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing were announced for the traffic stop shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. Hamilton County sheriff's spokesman Michael Robison says 25-year-old Tensing turned himself in at the county justice center Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mourner Simon Bell cries outside funeral services for Samuel Dubose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Protestor Gee Farrell holds a sign in the rain during a demonstration outside the Hamilton County Courthouse after murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing were announced for the traffic stop shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. Hamilton County sheriff's spokesman Michael Robison says 25-year-old Tensing turned himself in at the county justice center Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, center, shakes hands with a protestor during a demonstration outside the Hamilton County Courthouse after murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing were announced for the traffic stop shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. Hamilton County sheriff's spokesman Michael Robison says 25-year-old Tensing turned himself in at the county justice center Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The casket of Samuel Dubose is transported to a hearse during his funeral at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Audrey DuBose is embraced by a family member after speaking to the media after funeral services for Samuel DuBose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. DuBose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
CINCINNATI, OH - UNDATED: In this handout photo provided by the Greenhills Police Department, Ray Tensing is seen in an undated photo released on July 29, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tensing, a University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted on murder charges in the fatal shooting of, Samuel Dubose, during a traffic stop near the campus on July 19. (Photo by Greenhills Police Department via Getty Images)
A demonstrator holds a sign outside the office of Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters' office during a protest demanding release of video showing the shooting death of Samuel Dubose by a University of Cincinnati police officer, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Cincinnati. Deters has said he won't release the video until the investigation into Sunday's shooting is complete. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The casket of Samuel Dubose is transported to a hearse during his funeral at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Anthony Lattimore holds a sign outside the office of Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters' office during a protest demanding release of video showing the shooting death of Samuel Dubose by a University of Cincinnati police officer, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Cincinnati. Deters has said he won't release the video until the investigation into Sunday's shooting is complete. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Mourners embrace outside funeral services for Samuel DuBose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. DuBose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Audrey DuBose, mother of Samuel DuBose, speaks to the media after murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing were announced for the traffic stop shooting death of her son Samuel DuBose, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell stands outside after leaving funeral services for Samuel Dubose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Dubose was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati police officer who stopped him for a missing license plate. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Alexander Shelton, 25, a student at the University of Cincinnati, holds a sign outside the office of Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters' office during a protest demanding release of video showing the shooting death of Samuel Dubose by a university police officer, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Cincinnati. Deters has said he won't release the video until the investigation into Sunday's shooting is complete. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Ebony Johnson, cousin of Samuel Dubose, cries outside the office of Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters' office during a protest demanding release of video showing the shooting death of Dubose by a University of Cincinnati police officer, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Cincinnati. Deters has said he won't release the video until the investigation into Sunday's shooting is complete. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Anthony Lattimore holds a sign outside the office of Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters' office during a protest demanding release of video showing the shooting death of Samuel Dubose by a University of Cincinnati police officer, Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Cincinnati. Deters has said he won't release the video until the investigation into Sunday's shooting is complete. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Last week, a grand jury indicted Tensing on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in DuBose's death. The university fired Tensing, who has appealed to be reinstated.

Justin Weber, an investigator with the coroner's office, said no other findings, including whether DuBose was drinking, would be released until the investigation was finished.

Also on Monday, Audrey DuBose, the mother of Samuel DuBose, asked a judge to let her be the administrator of his estate.

A court document filed Monday said the estate is being opened in Hamilton County Probate Court "to pursue a claim for wrongful death," according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. However, DuBose attorney Mark O'Mara told Reuters that talk of filing a wrongful death lawsuit would be "premature" at this time.

(Reporting by Steve Bittenbender in Louisville, Kentucky; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Eric Walsh)

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