Feds won't pursue civil rights charges in W.Va. police shooting

Civil rights leaders had pressed for the investigation

Associated Press

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The U.S. Justice Department says there is insufficient evidence to pursue criminal civil rights charges against police in a 2013 fatal shooting in West Virginia.

The Justice Department announced the decision Monday after a review of evidence in the March 2013 shooting of Wayne Arnold Jones of Stephens City, Virginia.

Civil rights leaders had pressed for the investigation.

Jones, who was black, was shot more than 20 times after Martinsburg police said the 50-year-old shrugged off two jolts from a stun gun, fought with officers and stabbed one of them. The officers are white.

U.S. District Judge Gina Groh in 2014 dismissed a $200 million lawsuit filed by Jones' family against police officers and the city of Martinsburg.

Groh ruled the use of deadly force was reasonable and justified.

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