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Deputy shoots suspect after rifle "accidentally" fires three times, faces no charges

Yesterday, we documented four recent officer-involved shootings in the metro area. Then, a few hours after the post was published, the 17th Judicial District DA's office released a decision letter regarding a fifth -- a May incident during which Joe Manuel Flores III, seen here, was hit in the leg following a three-bullet burst from a deputy's rifle.

The DA's conclusion? No charges will be filed against the deputy because the shots were deemed accidental. See photos, a video, the letter and details below.

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