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Autopsy: Plano Gunman Was Extremely Drunk When Killing 8 People

A medical examiner says a North Texas man had a blood alcohol level four times the state's legal limit when he drove to his estranged wife's home and fatally shot her and seven other people last year.

In an autopsy report issued Monday, Dr. William Rohr, of the Collin County medical examiner's office, said 32-year-old Spencer Hight had a blood-alcohol level of .33 percent during the Sept. 10 incident in Plano.

The legal limit for intoxication in Texas is .08 percent.

Authorities say Hight opened fire at the home, where friends had gathered for a football watch party. Hight's 27-year-old estranged wife, Meredith Hight, was fatally shot along with seven others. They were identified as 33-year-old Anthony "Tony" Michael Cross; 24-year-old Olivia Nicole Deffner; 29-year-old James Richard Dunlop; 22-year-old Darryl William Hawkins; 31-year-old Rion Christopher Morgan; 28-year-old Myah Sade Bass and 25-year-old Caleb Seth Edwards.

Officers who responded to the incident fatally shot Spencer Hight. A Collin County grand jury later cleared officers in the shooting.

Spencer Hight was seen at a bar near the home before the killings, according to search warrants obtained by NBC 5.

Two bartenders reported seeing Spencer Hight with a knife and pistol, and he was asked to put the weapons in his car. When a bartender walked him outside, he was reportedly told by Hight to turn away so he didn't see what was in Hight's trunk.

Shortly afterwards, Spencer Hight drove to his estranged wife's home.

According to documents, Spencer Hight was found with a rifle in a sling across his body, a handgun in his waistband tucked into his pants and a large knife.

Detectives also found numerous rounds of ammunition and magazines inside the home.

At his apartment, investigators seized hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a high-powered munition launcher, a rifle, marijuana and mushrooms.

The documents also detail a first-hand account of the shootings from a 23-year-old woman who was at the home at the time and survived.

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