Arkansas prosecutor: Shooting after standoff was justified

     (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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