H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Dec 4, 2012 5:31 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News

DA: Use of force 'lawful' in highway officer-involved shooting

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley has found a California Highway Patrol officer's use of force was lawful in the July officer-involved shooting of Michael Ledesma, 18, near Los Alamos.

The CHP officer shot Ledesma on Highway 135 after investigators say Ledesma confronted an officer with a knife.

A woman had called 911 from a car saying Ledesma was threatening her. Ledesma is accused of attacking the woman with a knife. He faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment. Investigators say a toddler was in the car.

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