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Press Release
January 24, 2013
For Immediate Release


Julie A. Peterson
Supervising DDA
(760) 256-4875

District Attorney Finds Non-Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Barstow Legally Justified

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has completed its review of the non-fatal officer-involved shooting of Eddie Varela, 32, of Hesperia, by Barstow Police Officer Andrew Buesa on March 22, 2012.

The District Attorney’s Office stated that it is clear from the facts and circumstances that the shooting of Varela by Officer Buesa was justifiable in self-defense.  No criminal liability attaches to the conduct of the involved officer.

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





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