ZANESVILLE, OH (WOIO) - Coroners in Muskingham County have released more details about Terry Thompson, in the hours before he released dozens of exotic animals from their cages.
The toxicology report shows that the Zanesville man was sober when he freed his wild animal collection-- there were no traces of alcohol or illegal drugs in his system.
The autopsy says Thompson died from putting the barrel of a gun against the roof of his mouth and firing. He had many deep claw and bite wounds from large cats made after he died.
There were 56 animals at the infamous animal preserve.
Most of the animals were killed by sheriff's deputies.
The six that stayed in their cages and survived remain at the Columbus Zoo.