- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two Albuquerque officers have been cleared in the 2013 fatal shooting of a 66-year-old knife-wielding Vietnam veteran.

Second Judicial District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced Friday that Officers Jeffrey Bludworth and Katherine Wright won’t face charges in the death of Vincent Wood.

Police say the officers fired nine shots at Wood after he refused to drop his weapons.

Then-Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz said Wright unloaded her gun when she saw Wood aim two hunting-style knives at Bludworth. Schultz said Wood circled around Bludworth’s patrol car and lowered his knives in an attack position, “each in one hand.”

Authorities said Wood suffered from mental illness and had a lengthy arrest record in New Mexico, Colorado and Pennsylvania.

Albuquerque police have seen more than 40 police shootings since 2010.

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