No charges will be filed against officers involved in fatal shooting of Donte Shannon
Updated 7:20 p.m on March 20.
UPDATE: RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- No charges will be filed against the officers involved in the fatal officer-involved shooting of Donte Shannon that happened back in January.
The District Attorney released a statement saying in part, "Mr. Shannon's death was a direct result of his deadly threat to the officers."
The Racine DA's Office further confirmed that Shannon suffered significant injuries to his right hand, his shooting hand, in a manner consistent with his hand being on the weapon and his finger being on the trigger.
The gun found to be in Shannon's possession was purchased and owned by Shannon's father.
Friends of the family outside the courthouse are receiving calls saying officers will not be charged in shooting death of Donte Shannon. One woman says she just spoke to Shannon’s mother. We haven’t officially received word pic.twitter.com/jZduXXZ9yt— David Schuman (@david_schuman) March 21, 2018
To read the full Investigative synopsis from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, see below.
The City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason released a statement following the DA's decision which read in part,
"This incident should serve as a somber reminder to our community of both the dangers and consequences faced by law enforcement officers and citizens when firearms are introduced into the instant decision-making of a threatening encounter."
Chief Arthel Howell also released a statement thanking members of the community, local pastors, community leaders, and the Racine Police Department.
To read both of their full statements, see below.
Donte Shannon was killed after police say he ran from a traffic stop with a weapon in hand on January 17.
Shannon’s family says they are anxiously awaiting Racine County DA Tricia Hanson’s decision. Hanson is expected to tell the family if officers Chad Stillman and Peter Boeck will face charges for the shooting.
“It’s been 30 something days and counting. It’ll be some closure for me and my kids and my mom,” Donte Shannon’s father, Nakia Shannon told CBS 58.
“It’ll be a blessing if it’s the right closure that we want,” Mary Myers, Shannon’s grandmother said.
The Wisconsin DOJ says Shannon was pulled over a traffic stop near 14th and Villa Streets in January. The DOJ says Shannon pulled out a gun and the officers responded by shooting him. The family has since filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Racine and Officers Boeck and Stillman, claiming the shooting wasn’t justified. The officers have been on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.
Shannon’s death prompted marches and rallies by friends and family in Racine, but regardless of whether or not the officers face charges, Donte Shannon’s family doesn’t want any protests.
“I don’t want people to get angry, I mean bitter. No arguing or nothing, just take the info and walk away,” Myers said.
“Most people give up. I got nothing but blood pumping through me, in my body, and I will go as far as I have to go to make sure this gets resulted the right way,” Nakia Shannon said.
Donte’s Father says he will speak with CBS 58 after Tuesday night’s meeting.
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