CLINTON — 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.
Goodblanket, whose name translated into English means Red Bird, was experiencing a mental episode and was breaking windows and doors when his parents called 911 for help. He had been drinking, evidenced by the blood alcohol level of 0.10 reported in his autopsy.
Peoples says the man attacked two of the responding deputies with a knife. One deputy, Chance Avery, shot his own hand in the struggle and had a finger amputated. He has since been cleared to return to work and the other deputy, Dillon Mach, resumed active duty several weeks ago, Peoples said.
Peoples maintains that the shooting was justified. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation investigated the incident and has turned its report over to the district attorney.
Goodblanket’s parents, Melissa and Wilbur Goodblanket, publicly have been asking for justice for their son. “I hope they are going to hold them (the deputies) accountable,” Melissa Goodblanket said.