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New Mexico police won't face criminal charges in shooting

This article was published February 15, 2014 at 5:16 p.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Two Albuquerque police officers who fatally shot a mentally ill man during an arrest won't face criminal charges.

KRQE-TV reports Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said Friday it did not appear that detectives CJ Brown and Richard Hilger committed a crime during the April 2011 incident.

Brandenburg says it's "almost impossible" to prosecute if there's any evidence an officer feared for his life.

Brown and Hilger say they were serving an arrest warrant for 27-year-old Christopher Torres for a road rage incident when Torres grabbed Hilger's gun.

Authorities say Brown shot Torres three times in the back.

According to Torres' family, he suffered from schizophrenia.

An autopsy report shows Torres had been smoking spice.

The family has civil lawsuits against the police department in state and federal court.


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