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Policeman Charged in Fatal Shooting of Fellow Officer

May 31, 1987|Associated Press

PHARR, Tex. — A police officer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after allegedly pointing what he thought was an empty gun at a fellow officer during a chess game and pulling the trigger, police say.

Officer Jesus A. Ruiz, 22, was dead on arrival at McAllen Medical Center with a bullet wound in his abdomen, Pharr police spokesman Lt. Jesse Medina said last week.

Noe Lara, 31, a police officer in nearby McAllen, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and was later released on $20,000 bond, Medina said.

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