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Prosecutor won’t charge security officer in college shooting

August 23, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Prosecutors won’t bring charges against a security officer who shot and killed a North Carolina college student.

WRAL-TV in Raleigh reported Friday that Durham District Attorney Satana Deberry found no evidence to support charges against 41-year-old guard Lavar Mitchell in the death of 23-year-old DeAndre Ballard, a student at North Carolina Central University.

Ballard died Sept. 17 of gunshot wounds he sustained at the Campus Crossings student apartment complex in Durham. Ballard, who worked for N.C. Detective Agency, said he was acting in self-defense.

Ballard’s uncle told the station it’s “unbelievable” that the case won’t be presented to the grand jury and questioned the thoroughness of the investigation.

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