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Va. man's shooting justified: Fla. officials

Prosecutors say a former police officer was justified in fatally shooting a tourist from Woodbridge outside a South Beach club.

Miami-Dade prosecutors released their final report Tuesday, clearing former Miami Beach Officer Adam Tavss in the June 2009 shooting of Husien Shehada.

Prosecutors say that even though Shehada did not have a gun, he and his brother, Samer, had used a beer bottle and a wooden coat hanger to pretend they were carrying guns, sparking panic and 911 calls about armed men.

Shehada's family disagrees with prosecutors. Their attorney believes a civil jury will one day side with the family.

Tavss is no longer a police officer. He was involved in a second fatal shooting four days after killing Shehada. Several months later, he was charged with growing marijuana at his home.

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