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Pasco officers who shot and killed Antonio Zambrano-Montes will not face federal charges

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PASCO, Wash. -

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that the three Pasco Police officers who opened fire on Antonio Zambrano-Montes in February of 2015 will not face federal criminal civil rights charges. 

Citing "insufficient evidence" to charge the officers, the U.S. Attorney's office said the review of the case is closed. Cellphone video of the shooting went viral after the three officers fired 17 shots and killed Zambrano. The officers say Zambrano was throwing rocks at them and a stun gun failed to subdue him. An autopsy revealed Zambrano-Montes had meth in his system. He also had a history of mental illness and previous interactions with police.

Back in September, the Washington State Attorney General's Office announced they would not be seeking charges either against the officers. 

"This team considered whether Officers Alaniz, Flanagan, and Wright violated federal law by willfully using unreasonable force against Mr. Zambrano-Montes," a press release from Michael Ormsby stated. "There is no reliable testimonial or physical evidence that refutes the accounts provided by the officers that they believed the force they used was necessary to protect themselves and to stop a perceived threat...Our thoughts remain with Mr. Zambrano-Montes’ family and friends. I cannot fathom how painful their loss has been.”

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