[Original Publication Date: November 26, 2004]
Nov 19, 2004 4:55 pm US/Mountain
AURORA, Colo. (News 4) The man shot outside of an Aurora Blockbuster store last weekend died after saying no to a basic lifesaving procedure, News 4 reports.
Postal worker Aaron Davis, 39, was bleeding badly on Saturday night when he arrived at the hospital but he was coherent. He rejected a blood transfusion at Aurora South Hospital because of his religious beliefs, News 4 reports.
According to a coroner’s investigator, Davis said no to offers of a transfusion because he’s a devout Jehovah’s Witness, and his religious stance prevented him from accepting blood from others.
According to the coroner’s office, there was no other way to save his life than trying to stop the bleeding.
Davis was fatally shot in the video store parking lot at Mississippi and Chambers following an argument, but clouding the police investigation is the fact that Davis hit the gunman, Glen Eichstedt, over the head with a metal object before the man opened fire.
Aurora police officers wouldn’t comment Friday on whether Davis’ transfusion refusal complicates their investigation and might be making them reluctant to file charges against Eichstedt.
Aaron’s wife Benita Coleman-Davis was also shot in the parking lot and critically injured. Like her husband, she is described as a devout Jehovah’s Witness. Friends and family prayed for her recovery at this candlelight vigil on Thursday.
“She’s lost 3 quarts of blood and she hasn’t regained consciousness from the shooting,” friend Shareef Aleem said.
Police said the inability to interview Coleman-Davis is one reason no decision has been made yet in filing any charges.
If Eichstedt is eventually charged, his legal defense team might have a tough time relying on the transfusion refusal as a defense. It’s impossible to tell if getting someone else’s blood would have saved Davis because of the extent of his gunshot injuries, according to the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.
Preliminary results of the autopsy on Davis show several vital organs were lacerated by gunfire. He also suffered severe hemorrhaging.