Prosecutor: Police shooting of man with shotgun justified

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia prosecutor has ruled the fatal police shooting of a 23-year-old man carrying a sawed-off shotgun was justified.

Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney Howard Gwynn on Friday released the results of a seven-month investigation into the July 4 fatal shooting of Kawanza Beaty. Authorities say officers were investigating a report that Beaty had a sawed-off shotgun, which is illegal in Virginia, when the shooting happened.

The report states that Beaty ignored officers’ commands to drop the weapon and three officers saw Beaty point the gun toward one officer. It states the officers reasonably feared that Beaty was about to shoot the officer when another officer fired. Beaty died at the scene.

Gwynn says after the local investigation is resolved, federal authorities will determine whether federal action is appropriate.