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Press Release
August 1, 2013
For Immediate Release


John Kochis 
Chief Deputy DA
(909) 945-4222

DA Finds Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Ontario Justified

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has completed its review of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Mauricio Rico Lopez, 44, of Ontario, by Ontario Police Officers Santiago Mota, Patric Birdsong, John Lopez, and Travis Hartman, and Sergeant Jason Langford on March 19, 2012.

Under the facts, circumstances and the applicable law, the deployment of deadly force by the officers was a reasonable and necessary response to the facts presented and was justified under the laws of self-defense.

Click here to download a copy of the written case evaluation.




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