3 Las Cruces policemen cleared in fatal shooting - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

3 Las Cruces policemen cleared in fatal shooting

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The Third Judicial District Attorney's Office has cleared three Las Cruces police officers in a fatal shooting three months ago.

District Attorney Mark D'Antonio says an investigation showed the officers were justified in the actions they took in the July 2 incident.

Authorities say 37-year-old Jose Estrada was fatally shot after officers responded to a call about a man threatening people at a Las Cruces home.

A multi-agency task force investigated the shooting and determined Estrada disobeyed multiple commands from police and pointed what appeared to be an assault-style rifle at them before being shot.

The weapon Estrada had turned out to be a pellet rifle that strongly resembles an AR-15.

Police say the three veteran officers initially were placed on standard administrative leave, but have since returned to duty.

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Water usage down in Amarillo

    Water usage down in Amarillo

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-08-16 23:33:44 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    With more than average rainfall in Amarillo, water usage has been down throughout the city.

    With more than average rainfall in Amarillo, water usage has been down throughout the city.

  • WTAMU introduces new JBK food court

    WTAMU introduces new JBK food court

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 6:49 PM EDT2017-08-16 22:49:00 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    Starting this fall, students who attend West Texas A&M University will be welcomed with a brand new food court.

    Starting this fall, students who attend West Texas A&M University will be welcomed with a brand new food court.

  • Potter County to get new voting machines

    Potter County to get new voting machines

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 6:37 PM EDT2017-08-16 22:37:37 GMT

    New voting machines for Potter County are on the way, and election officials say they will make voting easier for residents this November.

    New voting machines for Potter County are on the way, and election officials say they will make voting easier for residents this November.

Powered by Frankly