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No charges in fatal Pine Lawn police shooting

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St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch.

PINE LAWN, MO (AP) – St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch has ruled that a fatal police shooting by a Pine Lawn officer appeared to be justified and “not excessive under the circumstances.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 30-year-old Christopher Maurice Jones of Bel-Ridge died from a single gunshot after fleeing from an early-morning Interstate 70 traffic stop. An evidence synopsis says Jones was driving 114 miles per hour before he crashed on the southbound I-170 exit ramp and ran away.

The report says Jones resisted several attempts by officer Nicholas Stone to put him in handcuffs, including three stun-gun discharges.

The shooting happened just over one month before the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. In both cases, the police officer was white and the victims unarmed and black.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com