Las Cruces officers cleared in fatal shooting

February 27, 2012 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors say Las Cruces police officers who fatally shot a man in December have been cleared of wrongdoing and will not face charges.

Authorities say 37-year-old Robert Montes [auth] was fatally shot after he opened fire on officers.

Police say that officers responded to a call of a fight in progress in a neighborhood and found Montes about a block away from the fight and suspected he was involved in it.

Dona Ana County District Attorney Amy Orlando told the Las Cruces Sun News ( ) on Friday that the three officers who shot Montes and a fourth officer who didn’t fire had followed the standard rules and procedures in handling the situation.

All four officers have returned to full duty.

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