Carlsbad Officers Who Fatally Shot Suspect Cleared

Aug 17, 2014

   Authorities say two Carlsbad police officers involved in a fatal shooting of a suspect can return to active duty.

Sgt. Edward Duarte and Officer David DeSantiago were cleared this week by their department.

Police say 24-year-old Troy Kirkpatrick was in the custody of the Eddy County Detention Center on June 9 when he allegedly assaulted a detention officer at a doctor's office and then stole a vehicle.

Kirkpatrick was being pursued by police when he crashed the vehicle into a fence in an alleyway.

He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at a hospital.

State police investigators also completed their own investigation and forwarded the results to the District Attorney's office. Prosecutors have yet to make a determination in the case.


Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus,

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