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Review board clears officers in Huntsville shooting deaths

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A police review board ruled two Huntsville officers acted within department policies when they killed a driver and his passenger after the vehicle struck one of the officers in an attempt to flee.

The review board decided "the actions of the driver, Mario Ayala, led to his own death and to the death of the passenger, Oscar Rodriquez," department spokesman Wendell Johnson announced Thursday.

Two police officers, whose names have not been released, responded to a trouble call from the staff at LaBomba Restaurant and Lounge on Dec. 3.

Johnson said a witness told the review board that Ayala's vehicle struck one officer twice before the officers opened fire — one firing eight rounds and the other two rounds.

The two officers, who were placed on administrative duty after the killings, have been returned to full duty.

The next step in the investigation is for the police chief to forward the case to the Madison County district attorney's office for review and presentation to a grand jury, Johnson said.

Ayala and Rodriquez, both 23, lived in Huntsville.

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