On Oct. 5., DeKraker was performing a welfare check and came in contact with Martinez, who produced a handgun and shot DeKraker in his protective vest. DeKraker returned fire, and he and Martinez were transported to a hospital, where Martinez died from his injuries.
The District Attorney’s office cleared DeKraker Friday, stating that DeKraker acted in a lawful, professional and justifiable manner.
“DeKraker reacted to this attempt on his life in an appropriate and fully justified manner,” stated the DA’s written decision. “Officer DeKraker should be commended for his efforts to serve the public and his quick reactions to save his own life.”
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