A deputy-involved shooting investigation is that much closer to heading to the District Attorney’s office after the medical examiner released the autopsy report, shedding greater light on how suspect Sergio Weick died.
The autopsy report released Friday shows 33-year old Sergio Weick died with “27 separate wounds, consistent with 18 multiple penetrating and perforating gunshot wounds to the head, torso and extremities.”
The incident happened on August 11. Deputies say Weick was a known gang member and had a warrant out for his arrest when they spotted him outside of a home in Vista.
The sighting soon led to a short car chase through Vista and then a car crash.
According to the newly released medical examiner report, one deputy followed Weick on foot while another detained a passenger who was in his car.
The foot chase ended when deputies Peter Myers and Christopher Villanueva caught up to Weick standing near some bushes.
Deputies shot Weick on the left side of his body when they say he reached for his waist and “appeared to reach for a weapon." Weick collapsed and deputies handcuffed him.
Investigators say Weick had shotgun shells and knives on him. They later found a sawed-off shotgun, knives and drug paraphernalia in his car.
More than a month after the shooting, family members joined others on the streets of Vista, protesting Weick's death and calling for justice for the deputies involved.
"Sergio did not deserve to die. He was a human being just like you and I," Weick’s aunt Maria Hoyt said after the release of the autopsy report. “Sergio had a past but because of his past he did not deserve to die the way he was killed.”
Sheriff homicide detectives say they plan to hand the case over to the District Attorney’s office for review by mid-November.