Alleged DOC killer was taking anti-anxiety drug

8:28 PM, Jul 22, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Evan Ebel had an anti-anxiety drug in his system when he was killed during a shootout with Texas deputies in March, according to toxicology results released Monday.

Ebel is accused of killing Colorado's Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements and pizza delivery driver Nate Leon. He then fled to Texas where he was involved in a police chase and shootout with sheriff's deputies.

According to the Tarrent County Medical Examiner's office, Ebel had a trace amount of benzodiazepine in his urine. It is a prescription drug generally used to treat anxiety or panic attacks. However, it is also a commonly abused drug.

The reports did not indicate whether Ebel had been prescribed the drug nor when he last took it. The toxicology tests did not show positive results for any other substances.

Texas officials waited to release the autopsy and toxicology reports until after authorities completed their investigation of Ebel's death. Ebel died of a gunshot would to the head.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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