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BernCo DA clears another APD officer in 2011 fatal shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg will not seek charges against APD SWAT team officer Jim Perdue for his fatal shooting of Michael Marquez on Aug. 30, 2011, according to a new set of documents posted to the DA’s website.

Perdue shot Marquez more than once after a short standoff in a field near an apartment complex in Albuquerque, police officials said at the time. During the standoff, Marquez refused to drop what turned out to be a loaded AK-47 assault-style rifle, which was in a bag during the encounter, police said at the time.

APD detectives, acting on a tip from a confidential informant, had been following Marquez, who was suspected in three armed robberies.

In a letter of findings to Police Chief Ray Schultz dated Monday, Brandenburg and Chief Deputy DA Troy Davis wrote that they found no probable cause to believe that Perdue acted unlawfully when he shot Marquez.

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