- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Commendations are in personnel files of deputies and sergeants whose encounter with an elderly man led to his death.

KOB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/23Xwt8d) 88-year-old Fidencio Duran was in a mental health crisis when he met Bernalillo County authorities in September. He was walking shirtless in his neighborhood and carrying a knife the day after his wife’s death.

Authorities eventually fired 60 pepper balls at Duran and released a muzzled K-9.

The commendations were issued before Duran died of pneumonia brought on by broken bones he suffered when the dog knocked him down.

A medical investigator classified Duran’s death as a homicide.

The family filed an excessive force lawsuit.

Deputy Felicia Romero said in a statement that Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales signed the commendations based solely on information presented to him.


Information from: KOB-TV, https://www.kob.com

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