Prosecutor: No probable cause to charge Albuquerque officer in fatal shooting of armed man


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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Bernalillo County's district attorney says an Albuquerque police officer who fatally shot an armed man who had earlier pointed a handgun at another officer won't be prosecuted.

Officer Anthony Sedler shot 41-year-old Parrish Dennison on March 5, 2013 as Dennison ran toward a restaurant while being chased by officers.

District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said Friday that deadly force was justified because of Sedler's belief that he or others were at risk of death or bodily harm.

Dennison had fled when police responded to a call about a woman trying to sell stolen property to a business. A search ensued, resulting in the foot chase that preceded the shooting.

Police have said Dennison was sought on felony warrants, and court records said he had convictions for burglary and other crimes.

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