Autopsy shows James Boyd shot 3 times, once in back

Updated: 05/29/2014 7:25 PM | Created: 05/29/2014 3:16 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

The Office of the Medical Investigator on Thursday released the autopsy report of James Boyd, the mentally-ill homeless man who was shot by Albuquerque police in the Sandia foothills in March.

According to the medical records from the University of New Mexico Hospital, Boyd was taken to the operating room and underwent multiple surgical procedures to control bleeding. His condition deteriorated and he was pronounced dead on March 17.

The autopsy report shows Boyd died from three gunshot wounds. The manner of death is listed as homicide.

The OMI identified a gunshot wound in his lower left back that passed through the lower abdomen and exited the left armpit before re-entering the upper left arm. A bullet was recovered from within his left shoulder. Associated with this gunshot wound was blood in the chest cavities, according to the OMI.

There was also a gunshot wound to his upper right arm that required surgical amputation.

The OMI also identified a third gunshot wound in the upper left arm.

Multiple skin scrapes and lacerations were also found on Boyd's lower right leg, consistent with injuries produced by a dog.

Toxicological analysis of Boyd's blood was negative for alcohol and drugs.

The absence of soot, unburned gunpowder particles and gunpowder stippling on the skin surrounding the gunshot wounds was consistent with an indeterminate range of fire, according to the OMI.

Albuquerque police said Boyd was illegally camping in the foothills when officers confronted him on March 16. APD said Boyd was carrying a knife and antagonizing them.

Two officers, Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez, shot him during the standoff.

Lapel camera video of the incident prompted international criticism and local protests against APD's use of force.

Several independent sources told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that the FBI is taking a critical look at Officer Sandy's actions in the police shooting.

View: Full Autopsy Report

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