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September 06, 2006
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Santa Fe chief defends fatal shooting

The Associated Press

SANTA FE- Santa Fe Police Chief Eric Johnson says two of his officers did what they were trained to do in the shooting death of a man.

And Johnson says he supports the actions taken by the two officers.

A search warrant affidavit filed in state district court says Officer Shannon Brady fatally shot Robert Garcia, 52, around midnight Sunday.

The court documents say Sgt. Troy Baker tried to subdue Garcia with a stun gun before the fatal gunshots.

The documents say Garcia had cut his girlfriend with a knife, fired a gun outside her home before officers arrived and might have been intoxicated.

State police have said Garcia was armed with a knife when he was advancing on the officers.

Brady and Baker have been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of a state police investigation.

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