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Former Reagan press secretary's death ruled a homicide

A medical examiner for the Northern District of Virginia ruled former Press Secretary James Brady's Monday death a homicide, The Washington Post reported today.

John Hinckley, Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan, along with three others including Brady, on March 30, 1981. He has since been treated at St. Elizabeth's psychiatric hospital, after being found not guilty for the assassination attempt by reason of insanity. It was not immediately clear whether Hinckley will have to face new criminal charges.

The shooting wounded Brady, who died on Monday at age 73, and left him partially paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. The medical examiner determined that those injuries led to Brady's death, albeit 33 years later, notes NBC4 Washington. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said in a brief initial statement that it will review the ruling.