Photos Raise Questions About Shooting of Cuffed Muslim Leader

Autopsy reveals miltant Muslim Leader riddled with 21 shots including one in the back.

A fiery Muslim leader who was shot dead during an attempt to arrest him in Dearborn, Mich., was found to have been riddled with 21 shots including one in the back. He also had a broken jaw, broken teeth and his hands were cuffed behind his back, according to an autopsy report.

An autopsy photo obtained by ABC News shows Imam Ameen Abdullah Luqman lying face down on the ground with his hands clearly cuffed behind him.

Additional photos obtained by ABC News also show deep lacerations on Luqman's face that his family believes may have been caused by a police dog.

Federal authorities claim that Luqman, 53, was killed last October in a Dearborn trailer after failing to surrender to police. The day before the raid, federal authorities filed a criminal complaint that alleged conspiracy to commit federal crimes including theft from interstate shipments, mail fraud to obtain proceeds from arson, illegal sale and possession of firearms and tampering with motor vehicle identification numbers. These allegation were made through the use of confidential informants, the documents state.

Click here to see an autopsy photo of Luqman's face. Beware of the graphic nature of the photograph showing deep lacerations which his family believes may have been caused by a police dog.

An FBI officer on the scene of Luqman's death reported that a police dog was sent in when Luqman refused to show officers his hands, and that Luqman shot and killed the dog. However, a press release after the incident from the U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit does not say Luqman killed the dog. It simply states a canine was "killed in the exchange." The shot allegedly fired by Luqman prompted police to take the gunfire as a threat and they returned fire, according to FBI reports.

Luqman's family says there's no proof he was carrying a gun that day, and the family has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to get the necropsy report for the dead police dog to determine whether the dog was killed by a police bullet. The request has been declined.

Luqman's son, Omar Regan, asks "How did he shoot the dog if his jaw was broken and there were lacerations on his face?"

Slain Muslim Leader's Fiery Rhetoric

A spokesman for the FBI in Detroit declined to discuss the Luqman case because of ongoing investigations into what happened that day in October 2009. There is an internal FBI investigations into the shooting, as well an investigation by the Dearborn Police Department. In addition, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., asked Attorney General Eric Holder earlier this year for a separate review of the FBI's use of confidential informants.

Luqman, according to an FBI affidavit, once said in a 2004 sermon, "Do not carry a pistol if you're going to give it up to police. You give them a bullet rather than surrendering your weapons."

Luqman and his associates are described as armed and dangerous in the affidavit and complaint filed by federal authorities before the arrest. FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena said after the shooting that he was comfortable with his agents' actions. "They did what they had to do to protect themselves," he said.

Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations in Detroit, asked, "How could he be so sure?"

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