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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