Posted at: 08/25/2013 4:33 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Grand jury: Shooting outside school was justified
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - An Otero County grand jury has concluded police were justified in fatally shooting a 19-year-old man outside Tularosa Elementary School during a late-night encounter.
The Alamogordo Daily News reports that the decision was returned Wednesday in the death of Jesse Vigil of Tularosa on April 30.
The shooting occurred after a Tularosa police officer recognized Vigil while he was checking on the school during an electric blackout that was caused by a fire.
A State Police report says the officer believed Vigil had a warrant for his arrest and eventually stopped Vigil.
The report says the officer drew his gun after Vigil pulled out a .22-caliber rifle.
Rounds were fired between the officer, sheriff's deputies and Vigil.
Some rounds struck Vigil.
Vigil was pronounced dead at the scene.
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