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DALLAS -

A final autopsy confirms James Harper, a 31-year-old man killed last week in a fight with a Dallas police officer, was shot three times -- and none of the wounds were in his back.

One of the bullets re-entered Harper's body and created additional wounds, according to the report.

FOX 4 obtained a copy of the Dallas County medical examiner's final autopsy on Tuesday.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE AUTOPSY (PDF)

The report shows a total of four wounds: one in the left side of the chest, one on the right abdomen, one on the left abdomen and one in the left elbow.

The last two wounds came from the same bullet, according to the findings, when the officer's bullet went through Harper's left elbow and into his abdomen.

"Given the proximity of the partial exit wound of gunshot #4 [elbow] to the entrance of gunshot #2 [left abdomen], as well as the wound characteristics of gunshot wound #2, gunshot wound #2 is a likely re-entry of gunshot wound #4," the autopsy says.

None of the bullets entered Harper's back, according to the autopsy.

"The back and buttocks are otherwise unremarkable," the medical examiner wrote under "External Examination."

Blood tests showed negative results for alcohol and drugs, the report says.

Rumors that Harper was shot in the back circulated widely on the day of his death, one week ago on Tuesday, July 24. Hundreds of neighbors gathered in angry groups, protesting the police presence.

Community leaders have since appealed for calm, asking that all the facts be revealed before police or neighbors take action.

Several police-involved shootings this year have raised tensions across Dallas.

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