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East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury decided not to charge police officer in fatal shooting


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury has decided not to charge a Baton Rouge police officer who shot and killed a 32-year-old man in July 2013.

The Advocate reports ( ) the grand jury considered charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide against Officer Joshua Gillich. But after hours of presentations and witness testimony, the grand jury Thursday elected not to indict the officer in the death of Tyris Wilkerson.

The shooting happened just after midnight on Gillich's 28th birthday, July 28, 2013, near Baton Rouge Magnet High School. Police said officers tried to stop Wilkerson on a traffic violation, but Wilkerson did not heed their orders.

Information from: The Advocate,

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