Four gunshots struck Jessica Hernandez, autopsy finds

March 1, 2015
Photo: Jessica Hernandez memorial (AP Photo)
A rosary is draped over a portrait of 17-year-old Jessica Hernandez in her Thornton, Colo., home on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. The teenager was killed after she allegedly hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle in northeast Denver alleyway.

An autopsy shows a 17-year-old girl who was killed by Denver police officers while driving a stolen car suffered four gunshot wounds.

The Denver medical examiner's office said Friday that Jessica Hernandez also had marijuana and a small amount of alcohol in her system during the Jan. 26 shooting that sparked protests and calls for an outside investigation.

It came during a national debate about police use of force after killings in Missouri and New York.

Police say two Denver officers fired at Hernandez after she drove toward one of them. The case remains under investigation by the district attorney.

The autopsy shows Hernandez suffered gunshot wounds to the torso, pelvis and thigh.