Grand jury clears Minn. police in fatal shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A grand jury has found St. Paul police were justified in using deadly force in the fatal shooting of a man who tried to rob a grocery store in December.

The Ramsey County grand jury declined to indict police in the death of 20-year-old Melvin Fletcher Jr.

Fletcher tried to rob a Kowalski’s Market in St. Paul on the morning of Dec. 17. According to search warrant affidavits, Fletcher was shot after a foot chase.

Fletcher’s mother, Gayla Perkins, tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1bEijyE ) the grand jury’s decision is “outrageous.”

Dave Titus, head of the St. Paul Police Federation, says the grand jury’s decision “was proper.”

A St. Paul Police Department spokesman says the incident will be placed under administrative review to make sure department practices were followed.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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