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No charges to be filed in officer-involved shooting in Albert Lea

No charges to be filed in officer-involved shooting in Albert Lea Photo: KAAL

June 14, 2019 02:51 PM

No charges will be filed in the January 3 officer-involved shooting in Albert Lea, KSTP sister-station KAAL reports.

In a press release, the Olmsted County Attorney's Office stated they reviewed the investigation into the fatal shooting of Joseph Roberts and concluded that the evidence does not support criminal charges against either of the officers involved.

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The county attorney determined the use of deadly force by the officers, identified as Jesus Cantu and Lt. Darin Palmer of the Albert Lea Police Department, was justified.

"In this case, the evidence supports the conclusion that Ofc. Cantu and Lt. Palmer reasonably believed that deadly force was necessary to protect themselves and/or others from death or great bodily harm," the county attorney's release states.

The release further explained that Roberts, despite officers' use of non-lethal measures, continued to aggressively approach Cantu with his knife during the incident.

Cantu then fired a shot, striking Roberts. Roberts continued to pursue Cantu, at which point Lt. Palmer fired his weapon at Roberts, who then fell to the ground, the release states.

The county attorney said squad video collected during the investigation corroborates the officers' accounts and that "a reasonable officer" in either officer's position would have determined that lethal force was necessary.

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