McHenry County finds sheriff’s deputy vindicated in fatal shooting of man who shot wife, referred to deputies – NBC Chicago

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office determined that a sheriff’s deputy was justified in fatally shooting a man who shot him, despite blood tests showing the deputy had ‘inhalants’ in his system.

Deputy Nicholas Arnold shot and killed Nicholas Sebastian, 43, while responding to a report from a man threatening to kill his wife and two children in their home on January 11 in Port Barrington, according to a report by the state attorney’s office.

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

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

Sebastian then walked towards Arnold with a gun raised as if he was “going to engage”.

Arnold began shooting Sebastian “until the slide locked”, meaning he had used up all the ammunition in his magazine, according to the report.

Sebastian fired back but didn’t hit any of the deputies 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 at the scene.

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

Previously, he had also sent text messages threatening to kill Mecca and their two children, who were at home at the time, according to the report.

When the police car arrived outside their home, Mecca told deputies she had tried to escape by running towards the garage, but Sebastian ran after her and started shooting.

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

The couple’s son told investigators that Sebastian had used cocaine and drunk heavily in the past six months and threatened to kill Mecca and the children on several occasions.

An autopsy revealed that at the time of his death, Sebastian had a high blood alcohol level 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.

If abused, the odorless gas found in products such as keyboard cleaners can alter mental status.

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

Although the state’s attorney’s office was “concerned” by this discovery, they determined there was no evidence that Arnold was under the influence at the time of the shooting.

The state’s attorney’s office concluded that Arnold was justified in his use of force, as Sebastian was armed, approaching deputies and verbalizing his intent to harm his wife and children.

NBC Chicago

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