Prosecutor: Fatal shooting by officer in Wyoming justified

The Kent County Prosecutor says a Wyoming police officer was justified in the deadly shooting of a man suspected of stealing a pistol from a gun store.

WYOMING, MICH. (AP) - A prosecutor has ruled that the fatal shooting of a man suspected of stealing a semi-automatic pistol from a gun store in the Grand Rapids area was justifiable.

The shooting happened Sept. 7 in Wyoming, a city near Grand Rapids, about two hours after the theft. Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth issued his decision Tuesday, saying video from the officer's in-car camera and witness statements corroborated the officer's account.

Police say 25-year-old Sadiq Bishara-Abaker Idris, a native of Sudan, was confronted by an officer because of what looked like a gun in his back pocket.

Police say the man took out the gun and pointed it at the officer. Forsyth said the officer had no way of knowing that the gun that was pointed at him was unloaded.

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