Roanoke officers cleared in shooting

Roanoke officers cleared in shooting

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    Thumbs up Roanoke officers cleared in shooting

    Took too long, but good news.

    The Roanoke Times: News, sports and entertainment stories and information from the Associated Press

    Sep 26, 12:08 PM EDT


    Roanoke officers cleared in shooting

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- A prosecutor says Roanoke police officers were justified in killing a man they said was threatening them with a knife.

    Robert Douglas Mattox was shot in July by officers responding to a report that he had assaulted a neighbor. Commonwealth's Attorney Donald Caldwell said Friday that the officers had a reasonable belief that they were in danger, and criminal charges would not be appropriate.

    Caldwell says Officer B.J. Smith fired two shots and Officer D.K. Moore fired one after the 51-year-old Mattox refused to drop the knife. A kitchen knife was found next to him on the floor.

    Mattox's daughter, Sonya Mattox Fortner, disputes the officers' story that her father was coming at them with the knife.

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    Good news...the only liability in bringing a knife to a gunfight is your own life, and that should not be a 'lawsuit' issue.
    Let's file that one under 'stupidity'.

    Glad the cops were cleared...
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    Yeah, glad they were cleared. Too bad they didn't have a video of the incident. I will never understand the reluctance to use small video camera on these types of calls. I mean, many squad cars use dash cams to record motorist stops. Why aren't they taping domestic calls? I gotta think a video would be MUCH better evidence than the old "he said, she said" battle of credibility.....
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