District attorney clears Raleigh officers in shooting

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A district attorney says two North Carolina police officers were justified in fatally shooting a man who fired first after a gas station robbery in May.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman says in a report that 24-year-old David Tylek Atkinson of Greensboro shot a police officer who was wearing a ballistic vest.

A second officer spotted Atkinson and shot him.

Freeman noted that the N.C. Supreme Court allows police to make split-second decisions and by law are justified in using deadly force when they think lives are in danger.

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