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No charges against officer in West Valley police shooting

September 21, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake County District Attorney won’t file charges against a police officer who fatally shot a 20-year-old man killed as he pulled a screwdriver from his pocket after police told him to put his hands up.

Prosecutor Sim Gill said Friday that West Valley City Police Officer Nicholaus Green fired three times at Elijah Smith.

Gill says Green declined to be interviewed for the investigation, but the shooting would be considered legally justified in court because Green may have reasonably feared Smith was holding a weapon.

The April 8 shooting of Smith, who was black, has triggered protests by his family and anti-police brutality groups.

Police say officers were responding to a cell-phone theft call when they found Smith. He was fatally shot after he ran into a nearby garage.

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