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Prosecutors decide that federal officer's fatal shooting of man in Farmington was necessary


FARMINGTON, New Mexico — New Mexico prosecutors have decided that a federal law enforcement officer's fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man in Farmington was reasonable.

The District Attorney's Office for San Juan County made the determination that deadly force was necessary in the March 12 fatal shooting of John Marszalek II by Deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Spencer.

According to the Daily Times ( , the office's report says the determination was guided by 911 calls preceding the shooting, evidence suggesting that Marszalek was trying to flee when he was shot and the proximity to two schools with classes in session.

The shooting followed a collision and two chases.

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