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Prosecutors: Officer Justified In Fatally Shooting Man

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A Fort Wayne police officer was justified in fatally shooting an 18-year-old man last year and will not be charged, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Officer Andrew Fry shot Wyatt Beckler on Nov. 2, and Beckler died of gunshot wounds while in surgery at a hospital, the Allen County Coroner’s Office said.

There’s no evidence of criminal liability and that Fry “was justified in using force, as he reasonably believed that force was necessary to prevent serious bodily injury or death” to himself or others, the prosecutor’s office said in a news release.

The Fort Wayne Police Department said in a statement that the department and Indiana State Police have determined that Fry’s actions “were consistent with department policy and the use of force was reasonable.”

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