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Mar 12, 2013 8:57 PM by Katie Ferber, KSBY News

DA finds no evidence of criminal activity by police in Covarrubias case

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced Tuesday a follow-up investigation to the Albert Covarrubias, Jr. case was recently conducted.

Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin fired two police managers in connection to the deadly officer-involved shooting of Officer Covarrubias last year.


Seven officers were also reprimanded in connection to the case.


Dudley says her office did a follow-up investigation to see whether any crimes had been committed by an members of the Santa Maria Police Department.


In a statement, Dudley said "Based upon our independent review, we find there is no evidence of underlying criminal violations by any Santa Maria Police Department personnel with respect to this matter," Dudley said in a statement.


Dudley also expressed her gratitude to Chief Martin for the way he handled the investigation.

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