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James Brady's death has been ruled a homicide resulting from John Hinckley Jr.'s attempted 1981 assassination of President Ronald Reagan, the Virginia Medical Examiner ruled Friday.
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00:02 James Brady's dad has been ruled a homicide but the
00:04 bullet that killed almost fired 33 years before he died. The
00:08 Virginia medical Examiner's office has attributed that to a bullet that
00:11 hit him in the head during John Hinckley jr.'s. 1981 assassination
00:15 attempt on president Ronald Reagan. A spokesperson for the Brady family
00:19 says if the ruling is accurate. It doesn't come as a
00:22 surprise to any of Jim Brady suffered immensely after being shot
00:27 it's just a fact. Washington DC metropolitan police are now investigating
00:31 Brady's -- this new ruling would allow prosecutors in Washington to
00:35 reopen the case. And charge -- with murder. In 1982 Hinckley
00:40 was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the shooting.
00:43 He has been mostly confined to a DC area hospital receiving
00:47 psychiatric treatment ever sense. Brady was partially paralyzed by that shooting
00:52 and only return to the White House for a short time.
00:55 A federal law requiring background checks on handgun purchases and the
00:59 Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence are named in his honor.
01:02 Current white house Press Secretary Josh Earnest called him a revolutionary
01:06 he leaves the kind of legacy that I think. And that
01:09 certainly this Press Secretary in all future press secretaries. Will aspire
01:12 to a -- him Brady died at the age of 73.
Kevin Johnson and Michael Winter, USA TODAY
12:10 a.m. EDT August 9, 2014
WASHINGTON — The death of James Brady has been ruled a homicide resulting from John Hinckley Jr.'s attempted 1981 assassination of President Ronald Reagan, the Virginia Medical Examiner ruled Friday.
As a result, D.C. Metropolitan Police are investigating the death of the former White House press secretary and gun control icon. Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the shooting that left Brady partially paralyzed.
Brady died Tuesday at age 73. The medical examiner attributed his death to the bullet that struck Brady in the head when Hinckley emptied his six-shot .22-caliber revolver in March 1981.
Hinckley, 59, has been confined to St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington and has received psychiatric treatment since his acquittal in 1982. Since 1999, he has been allowed outside the facility, with his unsupervised visits to his mother's home in Williamsburg, Va., gradually expanded to 17 days.
Gail Hoffman, a spokesperson for the Brady family, said Friday that she had not seen the formal ruling on Brady's death.
"But if it is accurate, it doesn't come as any surprise to any of us,'' she said. "Jim Brady suffered immensely after being shot. It's just a fact.''
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the advocacy group that bears the name of the former press secretary and his wife, Sarah, declined to comment.
White House press secretary James Brady lies wounded on the sidewalk outside a Washington hotel after being shot during an assassination attempt on U.S. President Ronald Reagan, March 30, 1981. In the background secret service agents and police wrestle the alleged assailant to the ground. (Photo: Ron Edmonds, AP)
President Reagan, first lady Nancy Reagan and press secretary James Brady take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 9, 1981, for the refurbished press room at the White House. This was the first official appearance for Brady since being shot during the assassination attempt on the president. (Photo: Barry Thumma, AP)
James Brady, who was paralyzed in the shooting attack on President Reagan, with his wife, Sarah Brady, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2011 marking the 30th anniversary of the shooting. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)
James Brady, his son Scott Brady, fourth from left, and wife Sarah, center, visit the press briefing room that bears his name in the West Wing of the White House with then-press secretary Jay Carney on March 30, 2011. Brady was visiting the White House on the 30th anniversary of the day he was shot in the head by John Hinckley Jr. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
The Brady family released this statement: "We are heartbroken to share the news that our beloved Jim 'Bear' Brady has passed away after a series of health issues. His wife, Sarah, son, Scott, and daughter, Missy, are so thankful to have had the opportunity to say their farewells." (Photo: Cj Gunther, epa)