DA clears Albuquerque officers in 2 shooting cases

Posted at: 05/18/2013 2:18 PM
Updated at: 05/18/2013 2:22 PM
By: The Associated Press

. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two Albuquerque police officers who were involved in non-fatal shootings have been cleared by the Bernalillo County district attorney's office.

The office announced its findings on Friday, saying no criminal charges should be pursued against officers Leah Kelly and Brian Pitzer.

The officers were also cleared through the police department's internal affairs and by the Police Oversight Commission.

Reports say that the two men shot by the officers - Chandler Barr and Russell Tenorio - were seriously injured but survived.

They're now suing the police department in federal court over alleged civil rights violations.

Barr and Tenorio were holding knives when they were shot in 2010.

They were also both living with different forms of mental illness at the time of the shootings.

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