SAN DIEGO -- A male dancer who was killed by San Diego Harbor Police during a cruise ship party died from a gunshot wound to the back, according to autopsy report released Tuesday.
Steve Hirschfield, 37, was shot in the middle of his back, and the bullet exited through his right chest, the San Diego County Office of the Medical Examiner concluded.
Toxicology tests showed traces of methamphetamine, doxylamine and ketamine in Hirschfield's blood. Investigators found no alcohol or other drugs.
Hirschfield, of West Hollywood, was dancing on a harbor cruise ship chartered on San Diego Bay for about 900 mostly male revelers on July 19 as part of the weekend's gay pride celebrations when police say he jumped off the boat.
He was pronounced dead 31 minutes after the yacht's captain alerted Harbor Police and the Coast Guard, the report said. It also says Hirschfield was shot with a Glock 40 handgun loaded with .40-caliber hollow point bullets.
According to police, Hirschfield jumped from the ship and fought with officers sent on a boat to rescue him. Williams shot him in the chest after Hirschfield reached for another officer's pistol, police said.
Hirschfield's parents have filed claims seeking $20 million from the Harbor Police and Officer Clyde Williams, who authorities say pulled the trigger.
Their attorney, Brian Claypool, said the autopsy report's description of the bullet wound suggests Hirschfield was shot at close range. He said the officer could have used a stun gun or baton instead.
The San Diego Unified Port District, which oversees the Harbor Police, will decide soon whether or not to accept the claim, said spokesman John Gilmore. The officers involved have returned to work and are on administrative duties, he said.