DA: No charges to be filed in 2013 police shooting that wounded Albuquerque man


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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Bernalillo County's district attorney says no charges should be filed against an Albuquerque police officer in the 2013 shooting and wounding of an armed motorist.

District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced Friday there was no probable cause to bring charges against Officer Pete Romero.

The district attorney's office reviewed police reports, lapel camera recordings and witness interviews before making a determination.

According to a criminal complaint, the incident started with a traffic stop around 3 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2013. The driver, Robert Garcia, got out of the vehicle and turned toward the officer, revealing that he was armed.

Authorities say Garcia ignored commands to drop the gun and walked toward the officer. Romero fired once, hitting Garcia in the abdomen.

Garcia is serving a three-year sentence for assaulting the officer.

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