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      Coroner reopens controversial shooting death case

      An inquest is underway in Richland County and coroner Gary Watts is presiding over it.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- An inquest is underway in Richland County and coroner Gary Watts is presiding over it.

      According to Columbia Police, on May 25 officers responded to a report about a man with a gun.

      When officers arrived at the home on Conveyor Street they found Ajani Mitchell with a gun at the back of the home.

      The suspect confronted officers and the officers felt threatened and shot Mitchell. Mitchell died of his injuries.

      Because of concerns surrounding Mitchellâ??s death, Watts decided to have an inquest.

      The inquest allows a six member jury to hear testimony, examine the facts and the evidence, and issue a ruling on the manner of death.

      The current jury is made up of three males & three females as well as an alternate juror.

      During testimony Tuesday officers testified that Mitchellâ??s mother called them after her son was acting strangely.

      The inquest is set to continue for the rest of the week with Interim Police Chief Rueben Santiago and Mitchellâ??s mother set to take the stand.

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