Autopsy: Teen Shot By Deputy Was Drunk

Las Cruces – Autopsy results show a 17-year-old Mesquite boy who was shot to death during a March 30 altercation with a Dona Ana County Sheriff's deputy had a blood-alcohol content of .234 percent.

New Mexico's legal level of presumed intoxication is .08 percent.

Toxicology results released Tuesday also showed THC, the major psychoactive constituent of marijuana, in Nick Dominguez's system.

Sheriff's deputies were called to investigate a report that a group of young people had stolen two 20-packs of beer from a Mesquite store.

State police Lt. Roman Jimenez says Dominguez struggled with a responding deputy for the officer's service weapon, and a round was discharged. The deputy tried a stun gun to subdue Dominguez but he ran to the deputy's vehicle, then put it into gear.

Jimenez says Dominguez was shot when he appeared ready to run over the deputy.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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