Grand jury doesn't indict Mississippi officer in shooting

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Posted: Aug 01, 2016 5:04 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A prosecutor says a Mississippi grand jury has declined to indict a Tupelo police officer in a June 18 shooting that left a man dead.

District Attorney John Weddle said Monday that Lee County grand jurors cleared Officer Tyler Cook, whom officials say shot Antwun "Ronnie" Shumpert four times when Shumpert attacked him after emerging from a hiding place under a house.

Cook is white. Shumpert was black.

Shumpert's family members have alleged the shooting was unjustified, suing the city in federal court and seeking $35 million in damages. Hundreds of demonstrators protested Saturday in Tupelo, seeking changes in the city's police department.

The version of events compiled by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and recited by Weddle mirrors an account given last month by Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton.