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Sister of Man Shot by Richmond Police Says He Was Having Mental Breakdown

Mallory Noe-Payne

The sister of an unarmed man shot by Richmond Police back in May says his toxicology report has come back clean, reaffirming her belief that he was having a mental health crisis when he was killed.

Marcus David Peters’ sister, Princess Blanding, says she’s received her brother’s toxicology and autopsy reports from the Medical Examiner earlier this week. The information hasn’t been released publicly, so it couldn’t be confirmed. 

“What, you know, we hear people saying ‘Oh Marcus must have been on flakka, you know — and a whole bunch of other craziness. And that’s what they wanted people to think. You know he had to be strung out on some drugs. None detected. Ok? So he had a mental health crisis," she said. 

Peters was a teacher. He was shot after he crashed his car and ran naked unto the highway. One officer was on the scene and Peters charged at him. The officer shot him after a taser didn’t work. Peters later died at the hospital. 

The police department finished their internal investigation of the shooting earlier this week. That report is now with the Commonwealth’s Attorney. His office will decide whether to charge the officer responsible with a crime. 

This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.

Mallory Noe-Payne is Radio IQ's Richmond reporter and bureau chief. She's covered policy and politics from the state capital since 2016. She was a 2020-2021 recipient of the Fulbright Young Journalist Award. She spent a year in Munich, Germany researching memory, justice, and how a society can collectively confront its sins. Her Virginia-based coverage of home healthcare workers, voting rights, and Richmond’s Slave Trail have won national news awards.
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