Family will ask feds to investigate fatal police shooting
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - The family of a man who was shot and killed by a Springfield police officer plans to ask the federal government to investigate the case.
Michael Ireland's family members also say they will sue the city of Springfield if they cannot reach a financial settlement for his death.
Greene County prosecutors announced last week that no criminal charges would be filed against former officer Andrew Bath in the February death of Ireland.
Authorities say Ireland ran from officers who were investigating suspicious activity. Bath said he shot Ireland when he reached toward his waistband because Bath thought he might be going for a weapon. Ireland was unarmed.
The Springfield News-Leader reports Prosecutor Dan Patterson ruled last week that the shooting was justified.
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