D.C. police said yesterday that a 26-year-old lawyer died Sunday in the parking lot of his Dupont Circle condominium building of "multiple blunt-force injuries," injuries often associated "with a fall or similar sudden impact," rather than gunshot wounds as initially reported.
Police said they were still investigating the circumstances of Michael F. Kohler's death. Kohler was found in the parking lot of the Appolline condominium building in the 1300 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW Sunday night, and was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where he died.
Officials said yesterday that preliminary information provided to the department about the gunshot wounds apparently was incorrect.
Instead, a source said, officers were investigating whether Kohler had fallen from the roof of the building.
According to a resident, there is a pool on the roof, which is closed for the winter.
Kohler, who grew up in Upper St. Clair, Pa., outside Pittsburgh, was a lawyer at the firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding on K Street NW, which he joined after receiving his law degree from George Washington University law school last spring.
Barry L. Strauss, the law firm's administrator, said Kohler had graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and had a "bright future ahead of him" at the firm. He was part of the law firm's communications group and had been at work much of the day Sunday, Strauss said.
An official said yesterday that after an initial autopsy, the D.C. Medical Examiner's Office determined that the cause of death was "multiple blunt-force injuries."
However, Beverly Coleman-Miller of the D.C. Commission on Public Health, which oversees the Medical Examiner's Office, said neither the cause nor manner of death had been determined.
"I have no idea why" police are saying otherwise, Coleman-Miller said.