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UPDATE: Officer cleared in fatal shooting of a suspect

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV)- A Sioux City police officer is cleared in the shooting of a murder suspect.

A veteran member of the Sioux City SWAT team shot and killed suspect Felix Navarrete on January 28th as a team of officers attempted to serve a warrant for Navarrete's arrest.

Sioux City has had three shootings since November that have all involved a group of the same people. After the most recent shooting, officers received a tip about the location of their suspect, Felix Navarrete.

Before arriving to the location, officers were told by their supervisors he had a history of assaulting police officers, a sexual abuse conviction, and that he was the suspect in the homicide that happened just three days before.

They were also told Navarrete said he wasn't going out without a fight, and he wasn't going back to prison.
At about 3 a.m. officers made a perimeter around Navarrete's location at 2728 South Helen Street. SWAT forces arrived later in the morning.

At about 9:20 a.m., a five-man team threw a distraction device into the apartment and entered. A lone officer was posted on a deck adjacent to the back side of the building. "Certainly a veteran officer, 18 plus years of experience," Lieutenant Mark Kirkpatrick, Sioux City Police Department said.

Navarrete ran upstairs, and the officer on the deck behind the building saw Navarrete attempt to break the window. The officer said it appeared Navarrete got caught in the curtain, but once clear, it appeared he had a dark object in his hand.

The officer decided Navarrete's actions were threatening to the officers positioned below the window, and fired one shot with a Remington .308 caliber rifle into Navarrete's left shoulder.

After falling from the window, Navarrete was tased by the officers below, who found a loaded handgun in Navarrete's waistband. He was transported to Mercy Medical Center and was dead upon arrival.

Following protocol, the incident was immediately placed under investigation."We worked with the division of criminal investigation, but it was their investigation," Kirkpatrick said.

The investigation did not reveal what the "dark object" was in Navarrete's hand; however, it showed he had time to put the gun back in his waistband before he fell.

The Iowa Attorney General's office found that the veteran SWAT officer who fired the shot used what they call 'reasonable force,' or force necessary to avoid injury to others in the area.

Officials say they're not surprised by the ruling."We're glad that the Attorney General's decision came back in a timely manner. Based on the facts surrounding the incident, it was the outcome that we expected, and our officer is back at work," Kirkpatrick said.

Investigations into the three related shootings aren't complete.

The suspect in the second shooting on Oak Street at the beginning of January, Jose Sandavol-Alvarez is still at large.
Juan Antonio Nino-Estrada is currently in jail awaiting a trial on the November 2013 fatal shooting on West 27th Street in Sioux City. 
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