DURHAM, N.C. — A North Carolina prosecutor says he isn’t going to charge any of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man.
Durham District Attorney Roger Echols said in a statement Tuesday that he had determined that the officers fired at 24-year-old Kenneth Lee Bailey because they were afraid for their lives. Echols said state criminal investigators found empty bullet shells and a handgun near where Bailey fell.
Bailey was gunned down on a residential street in a public housing complex in February after he ran from a house where officers had come to arrest him. Bailey had violated terms of his pre-trial release on armed-robbery charges.
An autopsy found Bailey was hit by two bullets, one of which pierced his lungs and major blood vessels.