- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A northern New Mexico prosecutor says a grand jury has determined that an Espanola police officer’s fatal shooting of an El Rito teenager was justified.

District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco announced the grand jury’s finding during a news conference Wednesday in Santa Fe.

New Mexico State Police concluded its investigation into the shooting of 16-year-old Victor Villalpando last month. Pacheco then forwarded the evidence to the grand jury.

An Espanola police officer shot Villalpando on the morning of June 8 after the youth called 911 and said there was a suspicious person who needed help.

Authorities have said the youth was shot after he pointed a toy cap gun at officers who responded.


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