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Officer cleared in Gallegos shooting

WALSENBURG- The long-awaited Colorado Bureau of Investigations report on the April 4 shooting of Armando Gallegos by Walsenburg Police Officer Kyle Petkoff was released May 13 to the Walsenburg Chief of Police and the District Attorney.

    Both interim Police Chief James Chamberlain and District Attorney Frank Ruybalid declined to return repeated calls about the report, but sources close to the investigation stated the report finds no negligence on Petkoff’s part, and the matter has been turned over to the district attorney, in case he has additional concerns.

    The case stems from a domestic violence call on April 4, where responding police officers observed a male, later identified as 29 year old Armando Gallegos, with what appeared to be a knife, attacking a female.  Petkoff opened fire with his service weapon, striking Gallegos twice in the stomach.

    Darlene Anderson, the woman with whom Gallegos was arguing, disputes just about every aspect of the police report.

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