ALBERT LEA, Minn. (FOX 47) — Two Albert Lea police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of a man back on January 3.
Officer Jesus Cantu and Lt. Darin Palmer were called to Court Street in Albert Lea and encountered Joseph Roberts carrying a large knife.
The Olmsted County Attorney’s office reviewed what happened next and concluded that the officers’ decision to use deadly force was correct and necessary in the situation they faced.
Officer Cantu fired his gun at Roberts when the man came at him swinging the knife. When that didn’t stop Roberts, and he continued to advance on Cantu, Lt. Palmer then fired his own weapon and Roberts fell to the ground.
The review by the office of Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem concluded that squad car video supported the officers’ accounts of what had happened.
Ostrem’s office handled the review at the request of Freeborn County Attorney David Walker to avoid the appearance of any conflicts of interest.