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Former officer can't be charged with shooting colleague, AG says

J.R. Oppenheim
December 05, 2017 06:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has cleared former Albuquerque Police Department Lt. Greg Brachle of any charges connected to the shooting of a fellow officer, saying he cannot move forward in the case.


In a letter dated Monday and addressed to interim APD Chief Mike Geier, Balderas wrote that Brachle acted negligently when he shot detective Jacob Grant during a 2015 undercover drug bust operation. However, Balderas stated the statute of limitations in the case elapsed, meaning no charges will be brought against Brachle.

Balderas said his office received the case from then-District Attorney Kari Brandenburg on Aug. 18, 2016. Nearly a month later, Balderas alerted Brandenburg that the statute of limitations had passed and he could not charge Brachle with negligent use of a firearm.

The district attorney's office then declined to prosecute Brachle on Sept. 16, 2016, Balderas said.

Click here to read the letter from Balderas to Geier.

"Despite the fact that Mr. Brachle will not face criminal prosecution, I must highlight my serious concern that your agency failed to report his negligent conduct to the New Mexico Law Enforcement Agency Board," Balderas wrote in the letter.

Brachle told the attorney general's office he will not apply for recertification to work in law enforcement, but Balderas said there's nothing to stop him from doing so.


J.R. Oppenheim

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