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Police officer fired from Albuquerque department still has certification


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — A former Albuquerque police officer who shot and killed a woman still has his police certification.

KOAT-TV reports ( ) the Law Enforcement Agency Board sent Jeremy Dear a letter of caution this week, which means he can still be an officer in New Mexico.

Last year, Dear fatally shot 19-year-old Mary Hawkes.

Dear had been chasing Hawkes, who was suspected of car theft, on foot. Police say Hawkes pointed a gun at Dear, so he shot her.

Dear had been wearing a body camera that wasn't on during the incident. He said it had malfunctioned.

According to the Albuquerque Police Department, Dear was fired in December for insubordination and untruthfulness.

Dear's attorney, Tom Grover, says he will make sure people are held accountable in Dear's case.

Information from: KOAT-TV,

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