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Man Shot Outside High Velocity Had Blood Alcohol Level Above Legal Limit

Mark Tanouye had blood alcohol level of 0.092

The man shot and killed by a Beachwood police officer in July near the High Velocity Bar and Grill had blood alcohol above the legal limit, Ocean County Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel A. Paulhus said.

The autopsy on 52-year-old Mark Tanouye was performed in July, he said, but today Paulhus released details about the blood alcohol levels of the man shot by Beachwood Police outside the Route 9 bar.

Tanouye had blood alcohol level of 0.092, Paulhus said. The legal limit is .08.

Beachwood Sgt. Bruce Harris was in uniform in a marked police cruiser when he responded to a 10:50 p.m. call in July about a man "creating a disturbance" in the parking lot of the sports bar on Route 166, Paulhus has said.

Harris got out of his patrol car and confronted Tanouye in the sports bar parking lot. Tanouye was carrying a .25 caliber handgun, Paulhus has said.

"He ignored repeated commands to drop his weapon," Paulhus said at the time. "The officer discharged his weapon and the male suffered fatal injuries."

Tanouye was pronounced dead at the scene. His last known address was in Beachwood, Paulhus said.

Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said previously the state Attorney General's Office was notified about the shooting. Paulhus said today they were still getting the case ready for the attorney general.

Joe Stewart October 18, 2012 at 08:26 PM
who cares...one less dirtbag int he world
Hollowman October 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Really wouldn't matter if it was loaded, unloaded, or an airsoft gun.
Wendy October 19, 2012 at 03:50 PM
so the next times your kids are outside playing guns even if they with nerf guns be careful that no police from Beachwood are around ... they will have the right to shoot them dead
voiceofreason October 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM
I have to say, this last comment is the best of the lot, wow are you serious???
VoiceofReason January 21, 2013 at 07:00 PM
It doesn't matter what color skin someone has when they are ILLEGALLY carrying a gun. In case you forgot - there is a law against carrying a weapon. Especially an ex con.

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