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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

What happened

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.

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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