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D.A. Clears 2 La Habra Officers

April 13, 2002

The district attorney's office announced Friday it would not file criminal charges against two La Habra police officers who shot a Riverside man last summer during a foot chase.

Michael Duarte, 22, was killed by officers after he ran from them while carrying a gun.

The chase lasted two blocks from a Bank of America in La Habra into a residential neighborhood.

Duarte's family has charged that the shooting was unnecessary.

But the district attorney's office concluded that the shooting was justified. The office investigates all officer-involved shootings.

"The case is closed, and we are not filing" any charges, said D.A. spokeswoman Tori Richards.

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