Police officer cleared in shooting death of suspect in Craven County

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NEW BERN, North Carolina — State investigators say an officer was justified when he shot and killed a man who had pulled a gun on police earlier this month at a home in Craven County.

Multiple media outlets reported that District Attorney Scott Thomas concluded that officer Clinton Wade York acted properly when he shot 29-year-old John Bonnell Snyder in Trent Woods on Dec. 7.

Officers were attempting to serve warrants on Snyder at the home he shared with his parents when they say he pulled a gun.

The investigation said Snyder was armed with a BB gun that looked like a large-caliber handgun when he confronted York and another officer.

The investigation report said a review of Snyder's cellphone, text messages and possessions indicated he was "despondent and suicidal."

"It appears that Snyder intended to provoke an armed confrontation with police," the report states.

Snyder had called a female friend shortly before the shooting and said he planned to die. As she called 911, officers were already at the home, the report states.

York had been on administrative leave awaiting the results of the investigation, which is standard procedure.

He will not face charges and will return to active duty, the prosecutor said.

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