ALAMOGORDO – An Otero County grand jury has determined Tularosa police officers and sheriff’s deputies were justified in using deadly force in the officer-involved shooting outside Tularosa Elementary School earlier this year.
The grand jury returned Wednesday with a “no bill, ” or a determination that police were justified in fatally shooting Jesse Vigil, 19, of Tularosa, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.
The incident happened on April 30, when a fire west of Alamogordo caused a blackout in Tularosa because it burned a power line to the village.
Tularosa police were patrolling neighborhoods during the blackout. A report obtained by the Daily News shows a Tularosa police officer recognized Vigil while he was checking on the school. The officer believed Vigil had a warrant for his arrest and tried to stop him. The report states Vigil kept walking when the officer ordered him to stop. He eventually stopped, but kept digging in his pockets after the officer told him to show his hands.
The report indicates the officer first pulled his department-issued Taser, but when the officer saw Vigil pull out the 22-caliber Crickett, the officer drew his gun. The report also indicated rounds were fired between the officer, sheriff’s deputies and Vigil. Some of the rounds struck Vigil, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The report said a 22-caliber Crickett rifle was found near Vigil’s body.