The Pace University student who was shot by police outside a New York bar earlier this month was drunk driving when police shot him. The Danroy Henry autopsy shows that he was well above the legal limit for intoxication at the time of the shooting. Read more below and see his photo and a video.
Danroy Henry was a 20-year-old Pace University football player from Easton, Massachusetts when he was shot to death by police in a tragic incident on October 17, 2010. The incident happened outside a suburban New York City bar in the early morning hours of that Sunday morning.
The police responded to a call about a disturbance at the bar in Thornwood, New York. When police arrived, Henry is said to have sped away, hitting two police officers with his car after an officer tapped on his car window. Police responded by firing at the car, killing the student as he sped away.
His family maintains that witnesses accounts contradict the police accounts of the incident.
According to Mount Pleasant Police Chief Louis Alagno the time-line of events happened as follows. A call to report a disturbance in the bar was received at 1:19 a.m. on Sunday. The first report of a shooting was at 1:25 a.m. Somewhere between 1:28 and 1:30 am officers reported that Henry was in ‘grave condition’. He received oxygen and a defibrillator. The officers took over CPR that was being given by a woman who was at the scene. Henry was put on a stretcher and put into an ambulance at 1:35 a.m.
Witlessness had claimed that Danroy Henry had been left unattended for up to 15 minutes. The time-line shows that he received treatment immediately, within just a minute or two after he was shot.
Apparently a lot happened very quickly.
Autopsy results have been released which show that Danroy Henry had a blood alcohol level of 0.13. The legal limit for driving in New York is 0.08.
This doesn’t seem to change the outrage of his family and attorneys. His family issued a statement in response to the autopsy. His father said, ‘If it’s a part of the truth, so be it. But at the end of the day, the central question to us is, does that justify killing our son? … We still fundamentally believe it isn’t.’
I can certainly understand their stance on that. What college age son hasn’t gone out drinking? He certainly doesn’t deserve to be killed for it. Of course, if he did run-down a couple of police officers with his car, then we can also understand why they would have responded with deadly force. Either way, it doesn’t mitigate the tragic nature of the whole incident.
Michel Sussman, a lawyer for the Henry family, said that the police were just using the autopsy results to change the subject.
On the other side of the legal argument, the attorney for Mount Pleasant Police Officer Ronald Beckley, one of the officers who fired at the car, said that the officers had ‘acted in accordance with his training and as required by the circumstances’. The other officer who fired at the car is Mount Pleasant Officer Ronald Beckley.
The Danroy Henry autopsy showed that he died of a gunshot wound. It has not been made public how many times he was shot or which officers bullet inflicted the fatal wound. The autopsy also revealed he was driving drunk at the time of the shooting.