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Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 11/24/2011

Va. man’s fatal shooting by police justified, prosecutors say

HAMPTON, Va. — Prosecutors say the fatal shooting of a man by Hampton police during the execution of a search warrant was justified.

Media outlets report that the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office issued a report on its findings Wednesday.

According to the report, eight officers went to 69-year-old William A. Cooper’s residence on June 18 to serve a narcotics warrant. They broke down the front door after there was no response to repeated knocks and an announcement that they had the warrant.

Several officers entered the residence. The report says Cooper ignored a command to drop a handgun and shot at officers. Two officers returned fire and shot Cooper three times. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

By the Associated Press  |  01:23 PM ET, 11/24/2011

Categories:  Virginia


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