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DA's office: Suspect in officer-involved shooting was on probation

KOB.com Web Staff
August 10, 2018 05:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Additional details have been revealed in the investigation of a deadly officer-involved shooting earlier this summer. 

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State Police officials say Jonathan Molina shot an officer in the leg during a traffic stop on I-25, reportedly telling the officer he didn't want to go back to jail. The officer fired back and killed Molina.

Officials say he had violated his probation, which he was serving after striking a plea deal with prosecutors from a 2017 aggravated fleeing case.

On Friday, the District Attorney's Office stood by the decision to strike that plea deal.

"From our perspective, he entered into a plea agreement where we secured a conviction," said Joey Montano, with the office's General Crimes Division. "Now we had him in custody for eight months on this case."

Prosecutors say aggravated fleeing is a fourth-degree felony with no mandatory jail time. They believe the deal they gave Molina was their best option in the case.

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