Mario Woods autopsy shows meth and antidepressants in system, suffered more than 20 bullet wounds

Mario Woods had methamphetamine and antidepressants in his system, and suffered 20 gunshot wounds at the hands of San Francisco police, according to autopsy results released by the Medical Examiner’s Office Thursday.

The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds and there were a total of 20 gunshot wounds, but it was unclear how many were entry wounds versus exit wounds. In all, 27 casings were found at the scene.

Woods had gunshot wounds on much of his body, from his head, arms, shoulders and back to his legs and ankle, according to the autopsy.

The toxicology report showed Woods had methamphetamine, marijuana and two kinds of antidepressants in his system as well cough medicine.

The amount of methamphetamine in his system indicates he was using the drug recreationally, according to the report.

The news of Woods’ autopsy results could reignite the debate around his death. Many have said Woods did not deserve to die, regardless of what he may have done before he was killed.

Others have pointed out that while his death may have been tragic, he did stab someone before police arrived on the scene.

Woods was shot and killed by five officers in the Bayview Dec. 2 after police responded to reports of a man with a knife who had allegedly stabbed someone. The shooting, caught on several cell phone videos, captured the killing and went viral on social media.

The shooting has since sparked a small but vocal protest movement, buttressed by the national Black Lives Matter movement, who have called for the firing of police chief Greg Suhr, the prosecution of the officers involved and an independent investigation.

More recently, Mayor Ed Lee and the police department got the Department of Justice to come and review the police department’s practices.


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