Steroids found in autopsy report for man killed by police officer


POSTED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 10:40pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 7:10pm

New details in the death of an inmate, who police shot and killed outside of the Downtown El Paso Detention Center. Wednesday, the medical examiner released autopsy results showing steroids in 37 year-old Daniel Saenz's system.

The autopsy stated:

-Saenz died from a close range gun shot to the left shoulder
-The bullet entered through his shoulder, traveled through left side of chest, and entered his heart
-He had bruises on both wrists and arms
-He had four second degree burns from a tazer in his gluteal area
-He had steroids and stimulants in his system

Police say 37-year old Daniel Saenz "violently" fought with the officer outside the downtown detention center before that officer tazed then shot him. That officer has not been identified. The El Paso Police Department's Crimes Against Persons unit and the Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.
Employees at EP fitness in East El Paso say Saenz had recently been kicked out of the gym weeks prior to his arrest, for throwing weights and kicking over a treadmill. 
NewsChannel Nine spoke with a friend who told us Saenz was a body builder and a sweet guy.But police said there was a different side to him. They said Saenz was being booked that day for multiple violent charges, including assault on a public servant, assault bodily injury, assault and injury to an elderly person.
He also had been found guilty on theft, assault and violating protective order charges.
District attorney Jaime Esparza says it is office policy to present all officer-involved shootings to a grand jury.

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There was a TV report that stated that Saenz was handcuffed when he was shot. That makes me wonder why the officer that was transporting him was not able to control the situation. If Saenz had not been handcuffed then I would of said OK since the tazers are not slowing Saenz enough then shoot the guy, but he was handcuffed. I know I was not there when Saenz was shot, at close range, so maybe the officer could not move away from Saenz to call for backup & such but still Saenz was hancuffed(?).

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