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Prosecutors: Officer will not face charges in fatal shooting

February 6, 2020 GMT

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana officer will not face charges in the fatal shooting of a 39-year-old man who authorities say refused to drop a gun during a standoff with police.

Prosecutors on Thursday said the use of deadly force by Lafayette Officer Nathan Stoneking was justified, according to the Journal & Courier.

Officers responded Jan. 20 to a 911 call about a man carrying a gun along a street near a Lafayette high school. Police have said Dustin Furr refused to put the handgun down and pointed the weapon at one officer when he was shot by Stoneking.

Lafayette is about 60 miles (96 kilometers) north of Indianapolis.