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Autopsy: PBSO deputy who shot girlfriend in attempted murder-suicide was on Xanax

Police say PBSO deputy shot his ex-girlfriend Yuli Solano at a condo complex in Boynton Beach after their relationship ended. (WPEC)

A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputy shot his ex-girlfriend as she was walking her dog, even though he was on anti-anxiety medication at the time. An autopsy revealed that Michael DeMarco was taking Alprazolam, popularly known as Xanax, when he injured 41-year-old Yuly Solano before turning the gun on himself at the Inlet Harbor Club Condominiums, where they both lived.

The dosage of Xanaz he took was within the therapeutic range, according to the autopsy.

It's unclear whether the Xanax was prescribed or not. No other drugs were found in his system, the autopsy showed.

A close friend said Solano ended their relationship in September 2017, but DeMarco didn't take the breakup well.

DeMarco began harassing her and even filed a lawsuit against Solano to get back his furniture and to hide accusations of stalking and harassment, according to documents released by the Boynton Beach Police Department.

The autopsy revealed DeMarco shot himself in the head and chest. He also had some mild clogging in his arteries.

Last year, Solano's legal team filed a lawsuit against management at Inlet Harbor Club, claiming they didn't to enough to protect her, despite the warning signs.

However, management responded in December with documents of their own, blaming Solano for her injuries sustained in the shooting. They said Solano was aware of the possible danger she was in, but failed to take action.





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