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DA: No charges planned for officer who shot, killed teen

A prosecutor says an officer won't face criminal charges for fatally shooting a teenager who allegedly pinned him to his patrol car following a high-speed chase into Huntsville.

Posted: Oct 27, 2017 8:06 AM
Updated: Oct 27, 2017 8:06 AM

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A prosecutor says an officer won't face criminal charges for fatally shooting a teenager who allegedly pinned him to his patrol car following a high-speed chase into Huntsville.

The chief trial attorney in Madison County, Tim Gann, says the shooting of 15-year-old Gabriel Sage Barnes on July 7 was justified. Gann tells area media that the decision came after a meeting between prosecutors and state investigators.

Acting Priceville Police Chief Rick Williams has said that Priceville Officer Bryan Smith shot Barnes after the youth from Madisonville, Tennessee, backed a stolen vehicle into a patrol car as Smith was exiting it, pinning him between the vehicles.

The Decatur Daily reports that Barnes' family declined comment.

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