PHOENIX — Authorities said a veteran Tempe police officer involved in a deadly shooting last July won’t be facing charges.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced Wednesday that several factors contributing to the decision not to charge Lt. Edward Ouimette, including Arizona’s statutes relating to the use of deadly force.
Tempe police said Ouimette didn’t turn on his body camera until after he chased and fired a shot at an armed robbery suspect who later was found to be unarmed.
Ouimette told investigators 19-year-old Dalvin Hollins turned toward him as they were running and pointed a firearm at him in 2016.
Hollins ran into a senior living facility near Rural and Guadalupe roads and was later found dead inside a maintenance room there.
The county Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Hollins was killed by a gunshot wound to the back.
He was later found to have a city court warrant for disorderly conduct in Chandler.
Hollins’ death inspired a protest that closed down the Mill Avenue Bridge. Three people — including leader the Rev. Jarrett Maupin — were arrested.
Maupin and other protesters called for the resignations of Ouimette and Chief Sylvia Moir.
“There is a conspiracy and a cover-up in Tempe,” Maupin said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.