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Prosecutor: Jefferson City police shooting was justified

(AP) – No charges will be filed against Jefferson City police officers who fatally shot a man earlier this month.

Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson said Monday the officers were defending themselves and others when they shot 59-year-old James Reising on Jan. 3. Investigators say officers who responded to a call at a shopping center found an extremely agitated Reising holding a knife. Thompson said the officers tried to de-escalate the situation but fired when Reising charged at them with the knife.

Investigators found evidence of methamphetamine and alcohol use in Reising’s vehicle. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the shooting.

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