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Oct 12, 2010 1:41 AM by Associated Press (SR)

Man shot by Fresno police had high alcohol level

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The Fresno County Coroner's office says a man who was shot and killed after allegedly pointing a rifle at officers had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

Coroner David Hadden said Monday that 23-year-old Rod Fiorini had a blood-alcohol level of .22 when Fresno police officers shot him on Sept. 28. California's limit for drivers is .08.

Hadden says there were no other drugs in Fiorini's system.

Chief Jerry Dyer says officers fired 63 times at Fiorini after his roommate called saying Fiorini was firing a rifle in the backyard.

Officers say when they found Fiorini standing on front porch, holding a rifle. They opened fire when Fiorini pointed the weapon at them.

Dyer says there is no evidence Fiorini fired at the seven officers. They are on administrative leave.

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