updated 7/17/2009 3:47:54 PM ET 2009-07-17T19:47:54

Autopsy photos show a 16-year-old boy killed by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was shot in the back. But a pathologist hired by the boy's family says it's unclear how the teen was positioned when the trigger was pulled.

Avery Cody Jr. was killed as he ran from a deputy in Compton on July 5. Authorities say the boy turned back during the chase with a gun in his hand and the deputy felt threatened. A gun was found next to the boy's body.

Images from a doughnut shop surveillance camera show the boy running with something in his hand and a deputy firing. But the Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the footage isn't sharp enough to confirm whether the object is a gun.

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