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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has cleared the Las Cruces Police Department of liability in the 2010 death of a samurai sword-wielding man who shot and killed by a Las Cruces Police officer.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory B. Wormuth ruled Thursday that officer Horacio Rivera did not use excessive force or act negligently when he shot Lance Hummell to death in June 2010. The officer said he shot Hummel, a 23-year-old known as “Lizard Man,” after he pulled the 4-foot sword and lunged at him.

Hummell’s family had sought $14 million in a wrongful death suit alleging the city was liable for not providing adequate training for LCPD officers.

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