"Dr. Reynolds deposed that he had seen the body of Michael Kennedy. Had no doubt that death took place on the same day that the two other constables died whose bodies he had examined on the 19th inst. There was a large wound in centre of the sternum, which he believed was caused by a charge of shot fired at a very short range and passed completely through the body and out at the back. His reasons for coming to this conclusion that it was shot and not a bullet -- was the size of the wound and the appearance of the rents through the clothes. The cause of death was a gun shot wound through the chest. This closed the inquiry."

Below are the reports from the coroner, on the deaths, at Stringybark creek. Including the cause of death, and also the impact of the wound.

Coroner's Report -- Const. Lonigan

"Samuel Reynolds, on his oath said:-- I am a legally qualified medical practictioner, residing at Mansfield. Having examined the body of a man that I am told was Lonigan; found wounds on the left arm, which I have no doubt were caused by bullets, one of which had passed through the arm; one wound on the outside of the left thigh; one on the right temple; and one on the inner side of the right eyeball. The bullet which entered on the outside of the thigh passed along under the skin and lodged on the inside of the thigh; the bullet which entered by the side of the eyeball passed through the bone of the orbit and drove portions of it into the brain. Death must have been almost instantaneous from injuries to the brain."

Coroner's Report -- Const. Scanlon

"I have also examined the body of Michael Scanlon, and found external wounds, apparently caused by the penetration of bullets. One on the right hip, one on the top edge of the sternum, one on the right shoulder, and one on the right side. On opening the chest I found a bullet resting against the inner surface of the sternum, or bone of the chest; before lodging in that position the bullet had entered the body on the right side, crushing through the eighth rib, and passing obliquely through the right lung, carrying with it pieces of fractured bone, making a large wound through both lobes of the lung. Death must have rapidly followed such a wound from internal hemorrhage. This closed the inquiry."
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Coroner's Report -- Sgt. Kennedy

Sgt Kennedy's body was not found until 8 a.m. on the following Thursday.

"On Friday morning at eight o'clock an inquest was held at the hospital, conducted by H. H. Kitchen, Esq., J.P. ...

"Dr. Reynolds deposed that he had seen the body of Michael Kennedy. Had no doubt that death took place on the same day that the two other constables died whose bodies he had examined on the 19th inst. There was a large wound in centre of the sternum, which he believed was caused by a charge of shot fired at a very short range and passed completely through the body and out at the back. His reasons for coming to this conclusion that it was shot and not a bullet -- was the size of the wound and the appearance of the rents through the clothes. The cause of death was a gun shot wound through the chest. This closed the inquiry."

Also, be sure to check out McIntyre's report on the Stringybark creek incident.