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North Carolina DA says police justified in 2016 shooting

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina district attorney says two police officers involved in the shooting death of a man last August acted in self-defense.

Wednesday’s statement from Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said Raleigh police officers B.F. Burleson and B.S. Beausoleil believed Burleson’s life was in danger and that the shooting was a matter of last resort.

Last August, a preliminary report said two officers fired at 24-year-old Jaqwan Terry after he pointed his gun at an officer who tackled him after a short chase near his girlfriend’s home. Burleson was responding to a call from the woman, who said Terry came over after she told him she wanted to end their relationship.

Both officers fired at Terry, who died at a hospital. Burleson was wounded in the leg.

Neither the races of the officers nor Terry were indicated on the report.

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