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New Rochelle cop justified in fatal shooting of man, grand jury finds

WHITE PLAINS – A Westchester County grand jury has found that a New Rochelle Police officer who shot and killed a man back in May “did not act unjustifiably” and therefore, there was “no reasonable cause to vote an indictment.”

The man, Samuel Cruz, was shot outside his apartment at 18 Hickory Street in New Rochelle on May 26 when he threatened officers with a knife. One officer shot Cruz, who later died in the hospital.

District Attorney Janet DiFiore released the information on Tuesday, saying the investigation included interviews with family, civilians, mental health professionals, police officers and expert witnesses.

The grand jury evidence included the 911 audio recording; testimony from 24 witnesses and more than 49 exhibits were admitted into evidence.