Grand jury: Shooting outside school was justified

August 27, 2013 • State News

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — An Otero County grand jury has concluded police were justified in fatally shooting a 19-year-old man outside Tularosa Elementary School during a late-night encounter.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports ( that [auth] the decision was returned Wednesday in the death of Jesse Vigil of Tularosa on April 30.

The shooting occurred after a Tularosa police officer recognized Vigil while he was checking on the school during an electric blackout that was caused by a fire.

A State Police report says the officer believed Vigil had a warrant for his arrest and eventually stopped Vigil.

The report says the officer drew his gun after Vigil pulled out a .22-caliber rifle.

Rounds were fired between the officer, sheriff’s deputies and Vigil.

Some rounds struck Vigil.

Vigil was pronounced dead at the scene.

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