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Autopsy shows Clinton man was shot by deputies seven times, then handcuffed

Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket, 18, was killed by deuputies on Dec. 21. The Custer County district attorney’s office has not determined whether the shooting was justified.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: March 22, 2014
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— An autopsy report released Friday confirms a Cheyenne and Arapaho man was shot seven times in a confrontation with deputies at his Clinton home on Dec. 21.

Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket, 18, had gunshot wounds on his head, chest, abdomen and right arm, according to a report by the office of the chief medical examiner. All the bullets recovered were similar .45-caliber hollow-point. His death was ruled a homicide.

Custer County District Attorney Dennis Smith said his office will announce its decision on whether the shooting was justified in a week to 10 days.

Goodblanket was handcuffed at the time of the autopsy. Custer County Sheriff Bruce Peoples said even though Goodblanket had been shot, it was necessary and consistent with law enforcement procedure to place handcuffs on him to secure the scene.

“You always handcuff a suspect immediately after an event like that,” he said.

The teen also had apparent Taser wounds on both sides of his chest, the autopsy states. Peoples said the deputies attempted to use a Taser on him but it didn’t work.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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