Police: Tasi Had Alcohol, Marijuana In His System

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Toxicology reports show the man who was fatally shot by Anchorage police while wielding a stick had been drinking and smoking marijuana.

Police Tuesday released the analysis in the autopsy report for Shane Tasi, whose killing by an officer raised criticism in the Polynesian community.

Lt. Dave Parker says Tasi’s blood alcohol-content was .185, more than twice the legal driving limit. He also had metabolites of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids in his system.

An investigation said Officer Boaz Gionson used justifiable force when he drew his service weapon and fatally shot the 26-year-old Tasi June 9.

Police said the officer fired at Tasi after he approached him aggressively with a stick and refused repeated commands to put it down.

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