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Prosecutors: Police officer justified in fatal shooting

August 9, 2019

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man who was carrying garden shears wrapped in a T-shirt and claiming he had an explosive at a southern New Jersey home.

Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae issued the finding after a review of the July 2018 shooting in Vineland. Her office determined it wasn’t necessary to present the matter to a grand jury because no material facts were in dispute.

Authorities have said Vineland Sgt. Brian Armstrong shot 37-year-old Rashaun Washington three times when Washington charged toward him. Washington had refused repeated demands to drop the item he paced in the driveway of the home and told officers they would have to shoot him.

Washington was taken to a hospital but died there a short time later.

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