Thu April 4, 2013
Prosecutors Clear Police Officer In 2011 Shooting
Bernalillo County authorities say they won't seek charges against an Albuquerque police officer who was involved in a fatal shooting.
County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg and Chief Deputy District Attorney Deborah DePalo sent a letter of findings to Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz on Wednesday.
The prosecutors say they found no probable cause to believe that officer Byron "Trey" Economidy acted unlawfully when he shot Jacob Mitschelen in February 2011. They determined the shooting was justified.
An independent review by the city also found that Economidy did not violate the department's use-of-force policy.
The case drew national headlines after revelations that Economidy had listed his job description on Facebook as "human waste disposal."
Economidy said he shot Mitschelen as Mitschelen turned toward him with a gun in his hand. Mitschelen had run from the officer following a traffic stop.