The dancer who
was shot to death during San Diego Pride by harbor police
attempting to pull him out of San Diego Bay had illegal
narcotics, including methamphetamine, in his system, a
toxicology report revealed Tuesday.
Hirschfield, 37, jumped from a Hornblower Cruises ship
where he had been performing as a dancer as part of
pride weekend, according to TheSan Diego Union-Tribune. According to reports,
after being rescued from the bay, Hirschfield began beating
an officer with the officer's Taser gun. Another
officer then fatally shot him in the back.
According to San
Diego's ABC affiliate, traces of ketamine -- a
veterinary tranquilizer commonly used as a date rape drug --
and doxylamine, a sedative-antihistamine, were in his
bloodstream when he was shot July 19.
According to the Union-Tribune, harbor police were called at just
after 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, with report of a
man overboard. When Hornblower Cruises launched a small
rescue boat, Hirschfield refused attempts to get him on
board, Hornblower general manager Jim Unger told the
paper at the time. "He refused," Unger
said. "He didn't want anybody near him."
reports, Hornblower rescue workers threw Hirschfield a
flotation device and stayed near him until harbor police
When the police
finally got Hirschfield on board their boat, he began to
fight with them, grabbing officer Wayne Schmidt's
Taser gun and beating him in the face with it,
according to the police report. He then reached for
the officer's gun, and Schmidt's partner,
officer Clyde Williams, shot Hirschfield once.
month Hirschfield's parents filed a $20 million
lawsuit against Williams and the harbor police,
alleging the shooting may have stemmed from
"antigay sentiment," calling the violence
Hirschfields' lawyer, Brian Claypool, did not return
a call for comment. In previous statements he has
branded the shooting a "needless and unjustified
execution" by a "renegade officer" and has disputed
the drug allegations. (The Advocate)