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Commonwealth's Attorney rules fatal shooting by J'town police officers was 'reasonable'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine has ruled that the shooting of an armed robbery suspect by Jeffersontown Police was "reasonable," given the circumstances, and that the officers won't be prosecuted, according to a news release from the police department.

According to Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders, the shooting took place at around 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Police say that a 30-year-old from Indiana committed a robbery in a Jimmy Johns' parking lot on Hurstbourne Parkway.

"When officers arrived," Sanders said later that day, "they went in the direction we were told he ran and we were able to make contact with him behind the Holiday Inn."

Sanders said the suspect pulled a gun from his waistband -- and the officers shot him. The man -- later identified as Roger Dale Hall -- died as a result of his injuries.

Officers recovered a BB gun from the scene, along with a syringe containing meth. 

"This is an unfortunate situation," Sanders said at the time. "No officer comes to work wanting to shoot somebody but they did what they had to do."

According to a press release distributed Feb. 9, Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine has ruled that the officers' actions were reasonable. In a letter dated Jan. 25, Wine explained his decision.

Click HERE to read the full letter [with witnesses' names redacted.]

"Considering the efforts, Officer Tyler, Walker and Burba made to persuade Hall to surrender his weapon, and considering the two (2) acts of violence that Hall engaged in, and the officers were aware of (the robbery and pointing the weapon), I believe the officers acted reasonably in concluding their lives were in danger and further they used the appropriate force in defending themselves," Wine wrote. "From the distance between the suspect and the officers, and the description by civilians that Hall had a gun, it was not unreasonable for the members of the Jeffersontown Police Department to believe that Hall possessed a dangerous weapon, to wit, a hand gun."

"For all these reasons this matter will not be presented to the Jefferson County Grand Jury, for any possible charges against Officers Tyler or Walker," Wine concluded. 

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