Police shooting of man as he fled was justified: prosecutor

Police shooting of man as he fled was justified: prosecutor
Police shooting of man as he fled was justified: prosecutor
Santiago’s mother recently settled a lawsuit alleging Walgreens and others did not provide adequate security on the night her son was killed. The community was shocked by the murder of 23-year-old officer. 

Highsmith was shot in the left forearm, the right side of his torso, left buttocks and left thigh, according to a court document, which noted he underwent multiple surgeries and has since regained the ability to walk.

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Based on video and statements, Highsmith then ran to the ESU truck, jumped on the passenger side running board and tried to wrestle away the assault rifle of the officer in the passenger seat. That officer fired several times through the vehicle door during the struggle, the HCPO says.

An officer can shoot a fleeing suspect if the officer has reason to believe the suspect caused or attempted to cause death or serious bodily harm, will pose an imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm should he escape, and only when the use of deadly force presents no substantial risk of injury to innocent persons, according to state guidelines.


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