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No drugs or alcohol in body of man fatally shot by Raleigh police: autopsy

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — An autopsy report says a Man shot dead by Raleigh police on I-440 in January had no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

Jose Daniel Argueta Turcios was shot five times by Raleigh police after he was involved in a traffic accident and then swung a knife at officers, police said.

Raleigh Police said 911 calls suggested a person was intoxicated on Interstate-440 West near Brentwood Road before the crash.

A toxicology report shows Turcios only had nicotine in his system when he was killed.

Body worn camera video released by the Raleigh Police Department shows a man armed with a knife whom police identified as Turcios.

Turcios argued with officers at the scene before starting a verbal altercation with the woman who was in his vehicle during the crash, according to video.

Raleigh officers issue orders in Spanish and English to Turcios during their interactions.

When firefighters take care of Turcios’ children, he pulls out a knife, as the video shows.

Turcios brandishes the knife at a firefighter who is taking care of the Turcios family, police body camera video shows.

The police repeatedly asked Turcios to drop the knife. He then walks away from officers with a child who was also involved in the crash.

A woman, who police said was the mother’s child, then tried to take the child away from Turcios. Once the child is out of danger, an officer uses his taser on Turcios.

A fight then ensued as officers attempted to take Turcios into custody. Video shows Turcios swinging a knife at a first responder while thrashing about.

He was first shot twice and fell to the ground.

Turcios then tries to stand up, knife in hand, and is shot three more times.

The autopsy report states that Turcios was shot once in the chest, three times in the torso and once in the right thigh.

Witnesses and people involved in the crash can be heard telling the officer they believe Turcios was drunk.

Another witness told officers he was traveling at about 69 miles per hour on Interstate-40 near Jones Sausage Road when Turcios walked past him as “I was standing still.”

The witness also said Turcios almost collided with him on the highway.

Officer AA Smith and Sgt. Tapscott have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with standard procedures.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/no-drugs-or-alcohol-in-body-of-man-fatally-shot-by-raleigh-police-autopsy/ No drugs or alcohol in body of man fatally shot by Raleigh police: autopsy

DUSTIN JONES

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