The fatal shooting of a Pensacola police officer in Cantonment has been ruled justified
The State Attorney’s Office will not file criminal charges against A Pensacola police officer shot and killed a Cantonment man in June.
District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Marcell told the News Journal their investigation was “closed,” and they ruled the shooting was justified.
The PPD officer who fired the fatal shot was investigating a hit-and-run that occurred at Ninth Avenue and Wright Street on June 28, and his investigation led him to a home in Cantonment.
“He arrived at this address and was greeted outside by a man,” Mike Wood, a spokesman for the People’s Democratic Party, told the News Journal in June. “Words were exchanged and an argument began. During that argument, the officer fired shots at the suspect, wounding the suspect.”
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
In all officer-involved shootings in the state, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the incident and presents its findings to the local state attorney’s office.
Although the FDLE and OSA investigations have concluded, PPD said they could not release the officer’s name because the internal affairs investigation is still ongoing.
PPD told the News Journal that the officer still works for the department.
This is a developing story.
This article originally appeared in the Pensacola News Journal: The Pensacola Police Department ruled the Cantonment shooting justified