McHenry County deputy sheriff on trial in fatal shooting of man who shot woman, fired at officers – NBC Chicago

The McHenry County state attorney’s office has determined that a sheriff’s deputy had the right to fatally shoot a man who shot at him, despite blood tests showing the deputy had “inhalants” in his system.

Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Arnold fatally shot Nicholas Sebastian, 43, while responding to a report of a man threatening to kill his wife and two children at their home in Port Barrington on Jan. 11, according to a report from the prosecutor’s office.

Arnold and Deputy Travis Bodway arrived at the scene in the 200 block of Manchester Lane and saw Sebastian “fumble with the garage door” before hearing gunshots go off, the report said.

Sebastian’s wife, Antoinette Mecca, started screaming for help and officers found her lying on the side of the garage with a gunshot wound to her leg, the report said.

Sebastian then walked over to Arnold with a gun in the air as if he was “going to commit”.

Arnold started firing at Sebastian “until the slide locked,” meaning he had used all the ammunition in his magazine, according to the report.

Sebastian returned fire but hit neither deputy before falling to the ground. Officials discovered that Sebastian was wearing a bulletproof vest under his shirt at the time of the incident. He was pronounced dead on the spot.

Mecca was taken to hospital and treated for a single gunshot wound. Mecca told authorities that Sebastian woke her up after an evening of excessive drinking and acting erratically, eventually throwing her cell phone into a sink full of water.

He had also previously sent text messages threatening to kill Mecca and their two children, who were at home at the time, the report said.

When the patrol car arrived in front of their house, Mecca told the officers she tried to escape by running to the garage, but Sebastian ran after her and started firing.

Mecca also said that when Sebastian saw the patrol car at the door, he said, “We’re all going to die.”

The couple’s son told investigators that Sebastian had used cocaine and drunk excessively in the past six months, and that he had killed both Mecca and the children multiple times.

An autopsy revealed that at the time of his death, Sebastian had elevated blood alcohol levels and was under the influence of cocaine, opioids and benzodiazepines.

Arnold was also asked to submit to a drug and alcohol test after the shooting, which found “inhalants” in his system.

When misused, the odorless gas in products such as keyboard cleaners can alter a person’s mental state.

Toxicologists determined that the levels found in Arnold’s blood were most consistent with “deliberate use.”

While the prosecutor’s office was “concerned” by this finding, they determined there was no evidence that Arnold was intoxicated at the time of the shooting.

The prosecutor’s office found Arnold justified in his use of force, as Sebastian was armed, approaching officers and expressing his intent to harm his wife and children.

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