City probe clears Albuquerque officer in shooting

November 13, 2011 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque’s independent investigator has cleared a police officer of wrongdoing in the shooting of a mentally ill man last year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) that the city’s Police [auth] Oversight Commission unanimously accepted the findings of Independent Review Officer William Deaton this week. Deaton had cleared officer Leah Kelly in the September, 2010, shooting of 19-year-old Chandler Todd Barr.

The commission is a panel of citizens that reviews complaints against police.

Kelly shot Barr after he had become upset while trying to buy a bus ticket to his home in Oklahoma. He brandished a knife and had cuts on his wrists, then was confronted by Kelly and another officer.

Kelly shot Barr twice in the chest after ordering him to drop the knife. He survived.

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