No charges in fatal police shooting in Springfield

3 years 2 months 6 days ago Saturday, May 16 2015 May 16, 2015 Saturday, May 16, 2015 12:39:34 PM CDT May 16, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Greene County prosecutors say they aren't filing charges against a police officer who killed an unarmed man in February.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Prosecutor Dan Patterson said Friday he won't charge officer Andrew Bath in the Feb. 17 shooting of Michael Ireland because the shooting was legally justified. The officer says he thought the suspect was reaching for a weapon.

Patterson also says Ireland's toxicology report was positive for drugs including morphine and oxymorphone.

Ireland's stepsister Christi Stockwell said she was stunned and disappointed by the decision not to file charges.

Joshua Roberts, a lawyer representing Michael Ireland's father, said he anticipates the family asking for a federal investigation into the case.

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