ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The District Attorney’s Office has cleared two Albuquerque police officers in the death of Jerry Perea, who died in March 2011 after two APD officers Tasered him when he allegedly attacked them with a large crucifix.
The DA’s Office on Monday released the results of an internal review of the incident and said it would not bring charges against the Albuquerque Police Department officers involved, David Baca and Andrew Jaramillo. The review said the officers discharged the Taser to defend themselves.
An autopsy at the time revealed that Perea, who weighed 300 pounds, had heart disease and was high on methamphetamine when he died. The medical examiner, however, could not determine the exact cause of death or whether the stun gun played a role.
APD Police Chief Ray Schultz did not return a call Monday afternoon seeking comment.