The official autopsy also showed Lyoya’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit, experts who saw a copy of the coroner’s report told the Detroit Free Press, which first reported the findings.
The Kent County Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy report was obtained by the Detroit Free Press at the request of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). CNN has requested a full copy of the report.
The coroner’s office confirmed that the autopsy results reported by the newspaper are correct.
In a statement Saturday, attorneys Ven Johnson and Ben Crump, who represent Lyoya’s family, called on prosecutors to bring criminal charges against the officer for the “unjust murder” and for the release of the Michigan State Police report. about the shooting.
A CNN investigation of state court records found that Lyoya had a revoked license and three pending arrest warrants at the time of the traffic shutdown in April. There were a dozen criminal and traffic cases against Lyoya dating back to 2016.
The Lyoya family’s lawyers declined to comment on the man’s blood alcohol level, or his revoked license and pending warrants.
Lyoya, a black man, was shot on April 4 following a chase and struggle with a taser after police detained him for an allegedly unregistered license plate.
The officer who fired the shot was identified as Christopher Schurr, who remains on administrative leave and has been stripped of his police powers, pending a criminal investigation by the Michigan State Police and an internal investigation by the Grand Rapids Police Department into whether he violated department policy.
Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker could not be reached for comment. He said late last month that his office is reviewing the case and the timing depends on additional information, including the autopsy report. He did not provide a timetable for completing his review.
The Grand Rapids Police Department has released several types of video footage that captures the interaction lasting approximately two minutes and 40 seconds.
The video showed 26-year-old Lyoya getting out of the car to talk to the officer. He is seen turning his back to the officer and appearing to be walking toward the front of the car. The officer put his hands on Lyoya’s shoulder and back and said “no, no, no, stop, stop.”
Lyoya is seen resisting the officer’s touch and quickly backs away from the officer, running away before the officer tackles him to the ground and tells Lyoya to stop resisting.
Video showed Lyoya standing and standing, and the officer using a taser. Police said the taser was deployed twice, but the teeth did not hit Lyoya.
The two end up physically on the ground, where the officer shot Lyoya, who was not armed at the time of the shooting, according to a family lawyer.
The officer who shot Lyoya says “Drop the taser” before firing the fatal shot.
An autopsy ordered by Lyoya’s family revealed that he had been shot in the back of the head.
The CNN review of state records found that Lyoya’s driver’s license was revoked on March 20, 2022 due to a third substance abuse conviction in 10 years. His license was also revoked in 2021 and 2019 over substance abuse convictions, according to that data. It is unclear whether Schurr was aware of this at the time of the traffic stop.
An arrest warrant was issued on April 1 for Lyoya’s arrest in connection with a domestic violence complaint filed on the same date. In another case, an injunction was issued on April 4 for failure to appear or pay. The judge signed that warrant on the same date Lyoya was shot by police, but the petition for the warrant was signed on March 29.
Another injunction was issued in a case in which Lyoya was alleged to have fled the scene of a traffic accident that resulted in property damage. That order was issued in February; the crash is said to have occurred on Christmas in 2021.
According to his police union, the Grand Rapid Police Officers Association, Schurr, the officer who fired the shot that killed Lyoya, spent about seven years with the police.
CNN has attempted to contact Schurr for comment.
The union announced its support for Schurr in an earlier statement on its Facebook account.
The association acknowledged that its statement is not intended to “consider the heartache the Lyoya family is experiencing over the loss of their relative”.
“As tragic as this case is, we believe that a thorough review of this whole situation will show that a police officer has the legal right to protect himself and the community in a volatile dangerous situation like this, to return to his /her family at the end of their shift.”
Amir Vera, Amy Simonson, Omar Jimenez, Emma Tucker, Kristina Sgueglia, Theresa Waldrop and Artemis Moshtaghian of CNN contributed to this report.