An autopsy and toxicology report completed by the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau confirmed Deming died from bullet wounds to his face and abdomen, and he did not have any alcohol or drugs in his body when he died, including bath salts or synthetic marijuana. The autopsy was obtained by the Pleasanton Weekly on Thursday, after the coroner's case was closed on Dec. 30.
Deming was shot and killed by Pleasanton Police officer Daniel Kunkel in the early morning of July 5, after Deming allegedly charged the officer, who was responding to a burglar alarm at Specialty Sales Classics car dealership at 4321 First St., Pleasanton.
The county District Attorney launched an investigation into the death in July and it is still ongoing, according to DA spokeswoman Teresa Drenick. Drenick said she cannot comment on the autopsy until the full investigation is complete.
"We investigate each case individually and thoroughly, and the investigation is completed in a timely manner but also within a timeframe that allows us to do the thorough investigation that is needed," she said.
In the autopsy, a coroner's bureau detective stated Deming's cause of death is deemed a "homicide." That designation is standard procedure for any shootings, said use-of-force expert Tim Williams, a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer who serves as an expert witness in police shooting cases.
"Just because it's called a homicide doesn't mean someone will be charged with a homicide," he said.
In addition to the two gunshot wounds, the autopsy noted Deming sustained several bruises and cuts to his face, legs and arms, as well as a puncture wound to the back and a one-inch round torn bruise "with considerable hemorrhage" on his right thigh. The report did not state what might have caused those injuries.
Multiple attempts to reach the forensic pathologist who completed the autopsy were unsuccessful. Coroner's Bureau and Sheriff's Office personnel declined to comment on the autopsy or the cause of the injuries.
The fatal shooting on July 5 occurred after officers responded to a burglar alarm at Specialty Sales Classics, a Pleasanton car dealership. When officers arrived just after 2 a.m, Deming allegedly threw a car jack through a window at them. According to police statements immediately after the incident, Deming did not respond to officers' demands to cooperate, and police fired beanbag rounds, sent a police dog after Deming and shot Taser rounds at him.
Deming then ran out through the back of the dealership, where he encountered Kunkel, according to police. Pleasanton police said Kunkel fired a Taser round at Deming, and Deming charged at the officer, knocking him to the ground. Kunkel then shot Deming twice, and Deming later died at Eden Medical Center.
The Deming family has retained Los Angeles-based law firm Garagos & Garagos to represent it in a possible civil suit against the city of Pleasanton. Kunkel continues on paid administrative leave from the Pleasanton Police Department.