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Three police officers in Washington state who gunned down a Mexican immigrant, shooting him 17 times, will not face criminal charges, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

The Pasco, Wa. officers shot and killed Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was allegedly throwing rocks at police, in February. The incident, which was captured on cellphone video, led to protests in the majority Latino city.

Zambrano-Montes, 35, was reportedly yelling and throwing rocks at cars at a traffic intersection when police approached him. One officer apparently attempted to taser him, to no avail. According to prosecutors, the three officers opened fire after he turned toward them with a rock in hand. A toxicology report showed that he had high levels of methamphetamine in his body.

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Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant said no charges were filed because of the high bar Washington State law sets for criminally prosecuting officers. "We legally cannot charge police officers with a crime for exercising their discretion to use deadly force, in good faith and without malice," he said in a statement.

At Sant's¬†press conference announcing¬†the¬†decision not to file charges, protesters yelled and chanted "no es justo"‚ÄĒit's not fair.

Attorneys for Zambrano-Montes’s family said they were disappointed by the decision and planned to file a federal civil rights lawsuit. “This forces us to seek justice for Antonio and his family in a different forum, one of the family’s choosing, not in the police home court," attorney Jose Baez told the Guardian.

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State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he would¬†review the local prosecutor's decision not to file charges.¬†‚ÄúI am committed to conducting a full and fair review of this matter,‚ÄĚ he wrote in a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee. The U.S. Justice Department is also investigating the shooting.

Files released in July raised questions about the investigation of the shooting, showing that¬†the three officers involved were not questioned for months. "One rock can kill you,‚ÄĚ Ryan Flanagan, one of the three officers,¬†told investigators.

The shooting was the fourth fatal police shooting in Pasco in the previous six months.

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Casey Tolan is a National News Reporter for Fusion based in New York City.