Jury acquits Fairmont man shot by police at I-79 rest stop


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CLARKSBURG, West Virginia — A Fairmont man shot by police at a rest stop has been acquitted of wanton endangerment charges.

Media outlets report that a Harrison County Circuit Court jury found 24-year-old Justin Michael Echols not guilty on Friday evening.

Echols was accused of raising a gun in the direction of Bridgeport police officers. The officers were responding to a domestic dispute report at the Interstate 79 rest stop when the incident occurred in July 2013.

Three Bridgeport officers testified during the trial that Echols had a pistol in his hand and refused commands to drop the weapon. One officer said Echols was shot after he raised the gun in the officers' direction.

Echols testified that he didn't point the gun at any officers and didn't threaten them.

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