(AP) – A prosecutor says no police officers will face charges
for the fatal shooting of a Mississippi man on Christmas Day.
Prosecutor Don McSpadden tells the Batesville Daily Guard that the death of
33-year-old Joseph Garcia was “tragic but justified.” Garcia, who was from
Collinsville, Mississippi, died in the shooting Dec. 25 near Batesville, about
75 miles northeast of Little Rock.
Authorities say Garcia was shot by police after a standoff that lasted more
than three hours. Authorities have said officers opened fire after Garcia fired
his gun at police. No officers were hurt.
McSpadden says he viewed videos of the shooting several times before making
his decision. McSpadden announced his decision before taking over Sunday as a
circuit judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit.
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