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Police Cleared in February 2013 Shooting

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(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–The police killing of a suspect early last year has been ruled legally justified by Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson’s office.

Police said Roberto Torres pulled a gun on officers and fired at them when they attempted to arrest him for allegedly shooting his pregnant girlfriend two days earlier. There was a felony arrest warrant issued for Torres at the time.

Wolfson’s office says officers–Scott Thomas and Joseph Parra–acted reasonably and were legally justified in using lethal force given the suspect threatened the lives of officers and nearby innocent citizens.

The incident occurred February 8, 2013.

Metro officers conducted surveillance on an apartment complex when they spotted him exiting an apartment and enter a parking lot. He was shot multiple times and died at UMC shortly after.

Authorities say Torres was a known member of a criminal street gang in Los Angeles, and has been imprisoned previously for violent crimes. An autopsy showed Torres had methamphetamine in his blood at the time he died.

There was a Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review conducted in November of last year.

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