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Autopsy complete on Leesburg shooting death

LEESBURG — The autopsy of 42-year-old Tracy Clyde, fatally shot Monday by a Leesburg police officer, has been completed and shows that Clyde was killed by a bullet to his chest.

Clyde was also shot once in his left arm, said Danny Jackson, special agent in charge with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Jackson said the report from the GBI crime lab in Atlanta is contrary to rumors that Clyde was shot in the back or face.

Clyde died Monday afternoon after a physical altercation with Capt. Monterey Moody, a 17-year-veteran of the Leesburg Police Department. Police officials say Moody tried to “tase” Clyde before finally shooting him in his arm and chest. Moody has been placed on administrative leave pending the GBI investigation.

Police had been looking for Clyde since the robbery and assault of Karen Jacobs, a Leesburg resident, last weekend. Clyde allegedly beat and choked Jacobs at her home, then stole her wallet which contained around $200, as well as prescriptions for medications, police said.

Jacobs’ sister, Joni-jacobs Cheek, who lives in Blakely, said Jacobs knew Clyde and that he walked frequently through the neighborhood looking for handouts and for odd jobs to do. Jacobs told her sister that she had helped him out with a few dollars on more than one occasion, Cheek said. According to Cheek’s account of her sister’s attack, Clyde knocked on Jacobs’ door. When Jacobs opened it, he began choking her and trying to injure her physically, the sister said.

Jacobs told Cheek she managed to force the struggle to the outside of her home where she could yell for help, Cheek said. When neighbors responded to the noise, Clyde ran off with Jacobs’ wallet, Cheek said.