Grand jury clears officers in 2 separate, deadly shootings


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A grand jury in Ohio has cleared three Toledo police officers involved in two separate fatal shootings in July.

Prosecutors say the grand jury reviewed both cases Wednesday and determined that the officers’ use of deadly force was justified in both shootings.

In one, an officer shot and killed a robbery and stabbing suspect who confronted an officer with a fake, wooden weapon. Police say the suspect already had stabbed a man who later died.

A week later, two other Toledo police officers fatally shot a suspect in a series of robberies.

A dashcam video showed the suspect pulling a handgun from his waistband and then facing the officers.

A prosecutor tells The Blade that the suspect’s weapon wasn’t loaded, but the officers couldn’t have known that when they fired.

Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/