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Carlsbad police who fatally shot suspect cleared

Created: 08/17/2014 10:55 AM
By: The Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say two Carlsbad police officers involved in a fatal shooting of a suspect can return to active duty.

The Current-Argus reports that Sgt. Edward Duarte and Officer David DeSantiago were cleared this week by their department.

Police say 24-year-old Troy Kirkpatrick was in the custody of the Eddy County Detention Center on June 9 when he allegedly assaulted a detention officer at a doctor's office and then stole a vehicle.

Kirkpatrick was being pursued by police when he crashed the vehicle into a fence in an alleyway.

He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at a hospital.

State police investigators also completed their own investigation and forwarded the results to the District Attorney's office. Prosecutors have yet to make a determination in the case.

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Photo: Carlsbad Current-Argus

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