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Grand Jury Clears Two Albemarle Officers

Grand Jury Clears Two Albemarle Officers

A city grand jury has cleared Albemarle police officers who were involved in a Memorial Day shooting incident on Birdwood Court.    It also indicted Josue Salinas Valdez, who’s charged with the attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, assaulting a law enforcement officer, DUI, and felony hit and run.     Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman says Albemarle Police Officer William Underwood shot the 38-year-old Valdez on the night of May 26th.     He says Valdez refused to drop a baton he had taken from County Officer James Herring.    Chapman says Valdez rear-ended another vehicle that had stopped for a red light on 29 North, and the driver gave the 911 personnel a description of Valdez and his license plate number.    The two policemen found Valdez on the front porch of a house on Birdwood Court in the city.    Chapman says Herring used a taser during his attempts to subdue Valdez.