Jury: officers acted properly in shooting of North Columbia man
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:32:09 GMT —
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH)- A six member jury found the three officers involved in the shooting of a North Columbia man acted properly in carrying out their jobs in the line of duty.
Coroner Gary Watts held a coroner's inquest into the shooting of Ajani Mitchell.
According to police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons, at approximately 8 p.m on May 25, police officers were called to a home in the 5800 block of Conveyor Street off of Farrow Road.
Police responded to a report about a man with a gun. When officers arrived they found a man with a gun at the back of the home.
The suspect confronted officers and the officers felt threatened and shot the suspect.
The State Law Enforcement Division investigated the shooting as is customary when an officer is involved in a shooting. Watts decided to hold the inquest after taking numerous calls from Martin's family and concerned individuals.
Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago said, "I think this demonstrated that the transparency of the inquest itself showed these officers acted in the way they were trained, and is as unfortunate as this situation is, we want to make sure that the Police department will always be held to a standard to where we're doing the right thing, and that's what this did."