Attorney General won't appeal decision to toss charge against officer in fatal police shooting


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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General won't appeal a judge's decision to toss a manslaughter charge filed against a former police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman during a drug investigation.

Attorney General Sean Reyes says in a statement his office reviewed the evidence and considered whether the case is likely to succeed before deciding not to appeal. His office is declining to elaborate on the decision.

Salt Lake County prosecutor Sim Gill asked for an appeal in the ruling that cleared former West Valley City police detective Shaun Cowley.

Prosecutors say Cowley shouldn't have fired at 21-year-old Danielle Willard as she backed up her car in 2012, but Cowley said he feared she would hit him.

A judge ruled the shooting was legally justified and dismissed a manslaughter charge.

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