No charges for deputies in Culpeper County man's shooting death

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CULPEPER COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two Culpeper County Sheriff's deputies will not face charges for the shooting death of a domestic violence suspect.

The Virginia State Police has concluded an investigation into the July 2017 incident that resulted in the death of 43-year-old Eric Wesley Clark.

The Culpeper County Commonwealth's Attorney has ruled that the law enforcement shooting and Clark's death were justifiable homicide and therefore it is considered lawful.

In the report on the case, officials started looking for Clark following a call about a domestic violence incident during which Clark's girlfriend, Michelle Jimenez, suffered a concussion and cuts to her head.

Clark led deputies on a sometimes high-speed vehicle chase that ended when he crashed on Griffinsburg Road.

According to a report, the deputies saw Clark grab a shotgun from inside his vehicle and point it at them. Audio recordings of the incident indicate one deputy issued several orders for the gun to be put down.

When Clark did not put down his weapon, the deputies fired their weapons at him, hitting him multiple times, and he died at the scene.

During the VSP investigation, officials learned that Clark had been thinking about committing suicide, and if officials found him following the domestic violence incident, he would not give up without conflict and police would not be able to take him into custody alive.

The Commonwealth's Attorney acknowledges that deadly force was used, but it is not clear which bullet caused Clark's death.

To read the full report from the Commonwealth's Office, click on the link in the Related Documents box.



 
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