- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say three police officers have been cleared in two fatal shootings last year that took place weeks apart in northern New Jersey.

Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal announced Thursday night that the Hackensack officers will not face charges in the shootings.

In the first case, a grand jury declined to file charges against two officers who fired 10 shots at 24-year-old Elvin Diaz. Authorities say Diaz had lunged at the officers with a meat cleaver in the kitchen of his home in May 2015.

Grewal didn’t bring the other case before a grand jury. In that incident, an officer fired two shots, killing 22-year-old Raymond Peralta-Lantigua in June 2015 after authorities say the man had a knife and came within 3 to 5 feet of the officer.

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