BILOXI, Miss. — A grand jury has cleared a Mississippi police officer who fatally shot a man suspected of shoplifting.

The Sun Herald of Biloxi says Harrison County District Attorney Joel Smith on Wednesday released a grand jury report finding “no criminal conduct” by Biloxi Police Officer Ruben Sabio. The officer shot 61-year-old Vincent Dronet in the head in October during a chase.

Dronet was accused of shoplifting from a Home Depot store. Police say he was fleeing in his pickup when he hit an unmarked police van. Police stopped Dronet and tried to use a stun gun on him before he drove away again. That’s when Sabio fired.

An unknown number of shots were fired.

Police Chief John Miller says Sabio has returned to work.


Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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