A long-awaited medical examiner's report was released today on the cause and manner of death of a 28-year-old man shot and killed by San Francisco police on March 21.
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said four days after the shooting that Alejandro Nieto pointed a Taser stun gun at officers responding to reports of a man with a gun at Bernal Heights Park. The officers believed the Taser was a firearm, and shot Nieto from about 75 feet away, Suhr said.
Nieto died from 14 or 15 gunshot wounds, which "may have been created by as few as ten (10) bullets," according to the report (read below). The medical examiner cites gunshot wounds with "intersecting paths" that may have been caused by one or more bullets.
Nieto was shot in the forehead, upper lip, chest and both arms. He appears to have been shot three times from behind, including in the back of the left shoulder, mid-back, and right lower leg, according to the report.
A toxicology screen turned up traces of marijuana in Nieto's blood. The medical examiner cites "a clinical history of psychosis exacerbated by non-compliance with medications" in the report, a factor Suhr mentioned days after the shooting.