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Autopsy: Dylan Noble Was Drunk, Possibly On Drugs

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Fresno Police Department
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Still footage of shooting of Dylan Noble

The Fresno Sheriff’s Department has released the autopsy results of a 19-year old Clovis man who was shot and killed by Fresno Police. The autopsy shows Dylan Noble was under the influence of alcohol and potentially drugs.

According to the autopsy, Noble had a blood alcohol content of .12. That’s above the legal driving limit, but since Noble was 19, far above the legal level for a person under 21.

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  The report also found that the unarmed Noble died from the injuries sustained when he was shot four times by police during a traffic stop in June, but not which shot actually killed him.

Fresno County Sheriff Margret Mims says the autopsy clears up some questions many had about Noble's strange behavior before officers opened fire.

“We learned the facts of exactly what was in his system without the speculation. Because I think there was a lot of that out there,” Mims says.

Noble also tested positive for Benzoylecgonine, which is the main metabolite of cocaine.

However, it can be detected in a human body for up to five days, meaning the test does not show whether or not Noble was under the influence of the drug at the time of the shooting.

The full autopsy has been given to the Fresno Police Department, Fresno County DA, and the FBI who are all investigating the shooting.

Jeffrey Hess is a reporter and Morning Edition news host for Valley Public Radio. Jeffrey was born and raised in a small town in rural southeast Ohio. After graduating from Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio with a communications degree, Jeffrey embarked on a radio career. After brief stops at stations in Ohio and Texas, and not so brief stops in Florida and Mississippi, Jeffrey and his new wife Shivon are happy to be part Valley Public Radio.