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Death of Reagan press secretary James Brady ruled a homicide: police

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WASHINGTON - A Virginia medical examiner has ruled the death of former White House press secretary James Brady a homicide resulting from the 1981 assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan, a Washington police spokesman said on Friday.

Police are investigating Brady's death on Monday as a homicide because of the ruling, Officer Hugh Carew said.

Brady, then Reagan's press secretary, was shot in the head by John Hinckley during an assassination attempt against Reagan in 1981. He became an outspoken gun control advocate and died in AlexandriaVirginia, at 75.

Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the Washington shooting, which left Brady partially paralyzed. Reagan, a police officer and a Secret Service agent were also wounded.

A federal judge in February set terms for Hinckley's outings from the mental hospital where he has lived since the shootings.

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office in ManassasVirginia, referred questions to the Washington police.