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NAACP renews call for federal probe of fatal shooting of Va. man by Martinsburg police


MARTINSBURG, West Virginia — Local NAACP leaders have renewed their call for federal authorities to investigate the fatal shooting of a Virginia man by Martinsburg police.

The organization's leaders in Berkeley County recently sent a letter to U.S. Attorney William J. Ihelnfeld II seeking an investigation.

Martinsburg-Berkeley County NAACP president Hubert J. Smith tells The Herald-Mail ( ) that the organization will continue to voice its concerns.

Fifty-year-old Wayne Arnold Jones of Stephens City, Virginia, was shot on March 13, 2013. Police have said Jones drew a knife after the officers stopped him as he was walking on a street. One officer was stabbed during a scuffle.

An autopsy found that Jones was shot 23 times.

NAACP leaders had asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder several months ago to conduct an investigation.

Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Maryland,

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