Manila police officer will not be charged in July shooting

October 13, 2015 GMT

MANILA, Ark. (AP) — A prosecutor says a Manila police officer will not be charged for fatally shooting a man in July.

Prosecutor Scott Ellington says officer Jared Camp was acting in self-defense when he shot 41-year-old Timothy Johnson. A news release says that Johnson was shot after approaching Camp with a long-bladed knife.

According to the release, neighbors found Johnson lying on the floor and helped remove a zip-tie around his neck. Camp and paramedics arrived shortly after.

A witness says Camp tried to calm Johnson down after he began loudly arguing with a female friend, and that Johnson lunged at Camp, and the officer fired three shots.


Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, http://www.jonesborosun.com