BERNALILLO, N.M. (KRQE) - Sandoval County Deputy Teresa Moriarty did nothing criminalduring the shootout that killed Deputy Joe Harris and burglarJoseph Burgess, according to a decision released Wednesday by theSandoval County District Attorney's Office.
Moriarty and Harris were conducting an undercover operation totry to catch Burgess, who then was known only as the Cookie Banditand was wanted for burglarizing cabins in the Jemez Mountains.
Before arriving, according to a state police investigation,Moriarty mistakenly locked her police gear inside her camper, soHarris loaned her one of his guns.
Hours later, Burgess broke into the cabin where Moriarty andHarris were. After being taken into custody and handcuffed, thereport said Burgess pulled a gun and started shooting, hittingHarris.
The report said Moriarty couldn't fire the weapon, so Harrisgrabbed it and shot and killed Burgess.
District Attorney Lemuel Martinez said Moriarty followed thelaw.
"We examine the laws of the state of New Mexico and look at thefacts," he said. "If there are any facts that would support aviolation of the law beyond a reasonable doubt, we will move on it.In this case, we found no violation of the law."
Sandoval County Sheriff John Paul Trujillo said an internalinvestigation was conducted on the actions Harris and Moriarty tookthat night to see if policies and procedure were followed. Noviolations were found.
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