12/14/2005

Agent absolved in killing: Narc officer said he thought victim was armed

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From the San Francisco Chronicle

A San Jose jury acquitted a state narcotics agent of voluntary manslaughter charges Tuesday for fatally shooting a man in the back during a botched stakeout two years ago.

The case against agent Mike Walker had been closely watched because it was the first time in the state's history that a Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement officer had been charged for killing someone in the line of duty. Walker shot and killed 43-year-old Rudy Cardenas, a father of five whom the agent had mistakenly identified as a parole violator.

At the end of the two-month-long trial, members of the jury deliberated about two days before reaching their verdict.

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