Reports: Men Fatally Shot By Police Were Impaired

Jul 2, 2014

Toxicology reports say two men were impaired when they were fatally shot by Albuquerque police in May.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state Office of the Medical Investigator on Tuesday released death investigations and toxicology reports for 50-year-old Armand Martin and 37-year-old Ralph Chavez.

A report says Martin had a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 percent. Tests also found a drug that can be prescribed to treat anxiety or insomnia. He was shot outside his home following a domestic dispute and barricade situation.

Police shot Chavez as he wielded a knife and approached officers following the beating of a woman and the slashing of a man's throat. He had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.28 percent.

New Mexico's presumed level of intoxication for a driver is .08 percent.

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