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Autopsy And Toxicology Reports Released From Officer-Involved Shooting


The autopsy and toxicology reports for Rueben Galindo were released Tuesday. Galindo, a 29-year-old Hispanic man, was shot and killed by police on the night of September 6. Galindo had called 911 saying he had been drinking and that he had a gun with no bullets. He had requested officers come to his home.

The autopsy report shows two bullet wounds. One wound went through the left side of Rueben Galindo’s chest and exited out his back. The bullet caused fractures in several ribs and lacerations to his left lung.

The second gunshot wound went through Galindo’s head leaving skull fractures and brain lacerations.

The report does not specify which wound occurred first.

Body camera footage has shown that Galindo had his hands in the air in a V shape at the time he was shot and killed by police. The shooting occurred outside his home.

The night Galindo called police he stated he had been drinking and the toxicology report reflects that. He had a blood alcohol content level of .23. To give some context, a .08 blood alcohol content level or higher is considered too intoxicated to drive.

No drugs were present in Galindo’s system at the time of his death.