LAS CRUCES – Three Las Cruces police officers who fatally shot a man in December, along with a fourth officer who did not fire, will not face charges or disciplinary action after the Doña Ana County District Attorney’s Office found the shooting to be justified, it was announced Friday.
Officers were responding to a report of a fight at a party near Espina Street and Foster Road on Dec. 17, 2011, when they stopped 29-year-old Jessicsa Anto’s car. After detaining Anto and putting her in the back of a police car, officers began to search her passenger, 37-year-old Robert Montes, an alleged gang member and convicted felon who was prohibited from owning firearms, and found a small electronic scale, court documents state.
With one of the officers’ attention briefly diverted, Montes ran back to the vehicle and armed himself with a revolver from the car then fired on LCPD Officer Jose Sanchez, who immediately sought cover while his fellow officers, Cody Austin, Peter Bradley Jr., and Sgt. Todd Froats, returned fire, District Attorney Amy Orlando said.
“The conclusion of the District Attorney’s Office, after review, is that the officers returned fire, striking and fatally wounding Montes after Montes fired the first shot,” Orlando said Friday. “We believe that the officers acted in accordance with standard rules and procedures for law enforcement and all officers are hereby cleared from any wrongdoing.”
Now that’s what I call a happy ending! Watch and see if some degenerate lawyer helps the vermin’s family sue the police.