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Grand jury finds no wrongdoing by officers from Alliance standoff

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A grand jury has cleared officers involved in the Alliance standoff that ended with the death of an armed man.

Box Butte County Attorney K.J. Hutchinson says the jury found no probable cause last week to rule that any officer had committed a crime.

Authorities say 27-year-old Andres Gonzales died after taking a pharmacist hostage at Thiele Pharmacy & Gifts in downtown Alliance on June 12. Three officers were wounded and the pharmacist was hit as he escaped from the drugstore.

Court documents say Gonzalez told negotiators he killed 38-year-old Josh Bullock last December and told his girlfriend he killed his father, 62-year-old Larry Gonzalez, before the standoff began.

A grand jury investigation is required whenever a person dies while in custody or in the process of being apprehended.

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