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Toxicology reports: 2 men shot by Albuquerque police in May incidents were impaired by alcohol


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Toxicology reports say two men were impaired when they were fatally shot by Albuquerque police in May.

The Albuquerque Journal ( ) reports that the state Office of the Medical Investigator on Tuesday released death investigations and toxicology reports for 50-year-old Armand Martin and 37-year-old Ralph Chavez.

A report says Martin had a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 percent. Tests also found a drug that can be prescribed to treat anxiety or insomnia. He was shot outside his home following a domestic dispute and barricade situation.

Police shot Chavez as he wielded a knife and approached officers following the beating of a woman and the slashing of a man's throat. He had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.28 percent.

New Mexico's presumed level of intoxication for a driver is .08 percent.

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