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Norfolk prosecutor: Police shooting of gunman in incident that left 3 dead justified


NORFOLK, Virginia — Prosecutors say the police shooting of a gunman in Norfolk who killed a teenager and a police officer was a justifiable use of force by an officer in fear of his life.

Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Underwood notified Police Chief Mike Goldsmith of the decision on Friday regarding the May 30 incident.

According to the letter, officer Toofan Shahsiah fired at 29-year-old James Andrew Brown eight times during hand-to-hand combat over Shahsiah's service weapon. The shooting killed Brown.

The Virginian-Pilot reports ( that Brown had already killed 17-year-old Mark Rodriguez and officer 35-year-old Brian Jones.

Police had been responding to reports of a man shooting at cars along a Norfolk street. Investigators determined that Brown had fired more than 50 times from multiple weapons at three different crime scenes.

Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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