An Asheville police officer will not face charges in the fatal shooting of a teenager who led police on a lengthy foot chase following a residential break-in, District Attorney Ron Moore said Tuesday according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.
The announcement comes nearly 10 months after 19-year-old Alexander Jamar Marion, a former star running back at Reynolds High School, was killed by a single bullet to the face.
Moore said the officer was justified in his use of force given the circumstances on Sept. 29 near The Meadows Apartments. According to a State Bureau of Investigation report: Multiple officers saw Marion with a gun during a chase that lasted nearly an hour, officers heard a gun discharged and one officer said Marion pointed a gun at him at one point. Marion did not have the gun when he was shot.