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Sierra Vista officer is cleared in fatal shooting

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. — The Cochise County Attorney’s Office says an
officer-involved fatal shooting in Sierra Vista earlier this month has been
found to be legally justified.

Deputy County Attorney Brian McIntyre says letters were sent out notifying the
sheriff’s office and Sierra Vista police Thursday.

Officer Michael Rathmann was placed on paid administrative leave pending the
attorney’s office’s findings on the Jan. 4 shooting of 49-year-old Michael

Police say officers found Estrada in the front yard of the residence with a

Estrada reportedly made aggressive movements and statements about wanting to
have a confrontation with officers before moving toward one of them and was shot
several times.

The Sierra Vista Herald reports that independent
investigations of the shooting were done by both Sierra Vista police and the
sheriff’s office.


Information from: Sierra Vista Herald,


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