Officers won’t be charged in Santa Fe shooting

Santa Fe Police

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Two Santa Fe officers involved in a shooting ruled unjustified will not be charged. In 2013, Officer Stephen Fonte and Officer John DeBaca spotted a stolen SUV and blocked it in.

Roberto Mendez-Ortega refused to get out. Instead he put the car in reverse, hit a patrol car and then headed toward the officers. Officer Fonte shot at the tires and Officer Debaca shot into the SUV shooting Mendez’ face. A 4-year old boy was also inside the vehicle.

Last year a grand jury ruled the shooting unjustified. It was sent to Roswell’s District Attorney for review, and she found the officers did what any reasonable person would. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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