Three Denver police officers William Bohm, Austin Barela and Susan Mercado have been cleared in a deadly shooting ON March 19th related to the escape of an inmate from Denver Health Medical Center last March.
The Denver District Attorney said the officers acted with a reasonable fear that the men inside the car might be about to shoot them.
Police thought they were chasing the suspect, 23-year-old Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez, when they killed someone else.
Venzor-Gonzalez escaped from police custody on March 19 after being brought to Denver Health for a medical appointment.
Hours later, police engaged in a high speed chase because they thought Venzor-Gonzalez was in the car. He wasn’t, but the driver of the vehicle fled the scene and was fatally shot by police.
Police fired nearly 50 rounds into the GMC Acadia thinking the two men inside were about to shoot at them because they refused officer commands and appeared to be looking for something in the center console after leading police on a high speed chase.
The driver, Steven Nguyen, died while his passenger, Rafael Landeros survived.