Official Autopsy Reveals Patrick Lyoya’s Blood-Alcohol Level Was Three Times the Legal Limit When He Was Pulled Over and Fatally Shot in the Back of the Head in Traffic Stop

The blood-alcohol level of the man shot and killed by a Grand Rapids police officer last month was more than three times the legal limit, according to a Kent County Medical Examiner’s autopsy and toxicology report released Monday to The Detroit News under a public records request.

Lyoya’s blood ethanol was 290 mg/dL, according to the report. That converts to a 0.29 BAC, more than three times Michigan’s limit of 0.08 and higher than 0.17, which the state classifies as super drunk.

The seven-page report confirms the results of an independent autopsy last month: that Patrick Lyoya was shot in the back of the head. The time of death is listed as 8:33 a.m. Other than alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and the antihistamine diphenhydramine, no other drugs were found in Lyoya’s system, according to the report.

Michigan State Police officials are still waiting for forensic evidence before concluding its investigation into the April 4 traffic stop in which Lyoya was killed by Grand Rapids police Officer Christopher Schurr.

Schurr is on administrative leave pending the results of the Michigan State Police investigation into the death of Lyoya, a 26-year-old Congolese immigrant.

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SOURCE: The Detroit News, George Hunter

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