A prosecutor has said he will not charge two members of a US Marshals Service task force who fatally shot Winston Smith Jr., a Black man, in Minneapolis in June.
ABC News reports that the Minnesota prosecutor said in a letter that the task force members were justified in using deadly force when they shot Smith on June 3 as they tried to arrest him for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced the decision Monday.
The U.S. Marshals Service said Smith didn’t comply with instructions and “produced a handgun resulting in task force members firing upon the subject.” He was inside a parked SUV when the shooting occured and the Hennepin County medical examiner said Smith died of multiple gunshot wounds.
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