Autopsy released in state trooper fatal shooting of Charlotte deaf man

Autopsy released in state trooper fatal shooting of Charlotte deaf man

CHARLOTTE, NC (Michael Gordon/The Charlotte Observer) - A state report released Thursday morning shows that Daniel Harris was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs when he led a North Carolina state trooper on a high speed chase that ended when the Charlotte deaf man was shot and killed near his home.

The report by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner found that the 28-year-old's blood did not include any traces of cocaine, alcohol, opiates or other substances when it was tested on Sept. 24. According to the report, the blood sample was taken from Harris the day after his death.

In addition, Harris' autopsy, also released today, shows that he died from a single gun shot wound to his chest that damaged his heart, right lung, liver and kidney, according to the report by the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office.

The shot was fired by North Carolina State Trooper Jermaine Saunders after an 8-mile chase Aug. 18, in which speeds reportedly reached 100 mph. Saunders reported on his radio at the time that he began pursuing Harris when he clocked him going 88 mph on Interstate 485. The shooting occurred after Harris left his car near his family's home on Seven Oaks Drive.

Law enforcement officers legally authorized to use deadly force when they have a "reasonable" fear that they or others are in imminent danger of death or serious injury. The investigation continues.