No Indictment For Officers In Fatal New Rochelle Police Shooting

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - A Westchester Grand Jury has decided not to indict any of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man in New Rochelle earlier this year.

Samuel Cruz was struck by a bullet once in the chest in May after police were called to his Hickory Street apartment. He was taken to the Sound Shore Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Westchester County District Attorney janet DiFiore said after an "exhaustive review of the evidence," the 23-member Grand Jury concluded there "was no reasonable cause to vote an indictment," DiFiore said.

"In so doing, the grand jury found the police did not act unjustifiably as defined by New York criminal law in causing the tragic death of Samuel Cruz during his encounter with New Rochelle police officers on May 26, 2013," she said.

The Grand Jury heard testimony from 24 witnesses, listened to the 911 calls and reviewed more than 49 exhibits entered into evidence.

In May, police were called to Cruz's Hickory Street apartment around 1:30 p.m. when a relative checking on Cruz's welfare reported that Cruz was off his medication, acting irrationally and refusing to open his door.

After a “lengthy dialogue” with officers through Cruz's locked door, police said they determined that Cruz was a danger to himself and others. When officers forced open the door, Cruz was armed with a hooked-bladed knife and threatened them, police said.

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ted.smith.18041092:

ALL I KNOW IS, THE OFFICER SAW SOMEBODY CHARGING HIM WITH A BIG KNIFE. WHAT WAS THE COP SUPPOSED TO DO? SERVE THE MADMAN CAKE & COFFEE?
BTW, I LIVED IN NEW ROCHELLE FOR MANY YEARS, AND I ONCE HAD TO CALL THAT TOWN'S POLICE TO STOP A FIGHT AT THE HOUSE THAT I WAS LIVING IN AT THE TIME.
6 OFFICERS RESPONDED WITHIN 1 MINUTE OF THE TIME I HUNG UP AT 911. THEY RESTORED ORDER VERY FAST & REMOVED THE FIGHTERS, ARRESTING THEM WITH NO VIOLENCE OF ANY SORT!!!!!

- TED SMITH, UPSTATE NEW YORK

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