The 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office has determined last month's fatal shooting of an armed suspect by a Las Cruces police officer was justified under New Mexico law, reports the Las Cruces Sun-News.
The district attorney's decision was announced Tuesday by the Las Cruces Police Department, which also released the name of the officer who fatally shot 52-year-old Ernesto Sedillo on July 17.
"After an extensive review of this case," District Attorney Mark D'Antonio wrote Monday in a letter to LCPD, "we have concluded that the shooting by Officer Kenneth Davis was justified under New Mexico law."
The Las Cruces Police Department posted video of the incident on its Facebook page in a post that included the following:
"The July 17 shooting resulted in the death of 52-year-old Ernesto S. Sedillo of Las Cruces who emerged from a vehicle pointing a handgun at officer Davis, a 4-year veteran of the Las Cruces Police Department. Before his LCPD career began, Davis was a deputy with the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office since 2009. Davis was wearing a lapel camera during the incident and video from it was key in exonerating the officer."