Team 10 obtains autopsy details on woman killed by Border Patrol

Munique Tachiquin shot by Agent Justin Tackett

SAN DIEGO - Team 10 has obtained some of the details found in an autopsy report on the woman shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in Chula Vista in September.

While the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Report has not been made public, the shooting still is under investigation.

The report shows eight bullets fired from Border Patrol Agent Justin Tackett's gun entered Munique Tachiquin's body at a 30-degree angle. The bullets moved left to right, and one bullet entered at a 90-degree angle -- almost vertically into her body.

Team 10's source did not want to be identified but has access to the medical examiner's investigation.

On the day of the shooting, Border Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said Tachiquin was armed with a vehicle.

"The agent was actually impacted and carried several hundred yards on the hood before fearing for his life and did discharge his weapon to get the vehicle to stop," Scott told Team 10 in September.

Some witnesses have told Team 10 they saw Tackett fire from the street.

The new autopsy information gives experts facts to review. World-renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht reviewed the leaked autopsy details obtained by Team 10.

"The agent could have been on the hood of the car, yes, he certainly could have been on the hood of the car; that would fit in," said Wecht, who has worked on high-media profile cases, such as the Scott Peterson case.

The autopsy investigation also found Tachiquin had trace amounts - one-tenth of one milligram -- of methamphetamine in her system when she died. When she died, Tachiquin was on probation for a drug conviction.

"My own opinion is it's an insignificant level in terms of any substantial change in her personality," Wecht said.

Former San Diego district attorney Paul Pfingst said any amount of meth in her system could hurt Tachiquin's family's civil case against the Border Patrol, creating "suspicion on the mind of a jury."

Wecht also offered his opinion on the nine bullets Tackett fired from what he believes was the hood of Tachiquin's car.

"He could make a lot of good money in Hollywood as a stunt man," Wecht said.

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