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Wash. Cop Cleared In Teen's Fatal Shooting

April 25, 2012  | 

A Tacoma (Wash.) Police officer won't face charges for fatally shooting a teenager who tried to back into him with a stolen car.

Officer Brett Beall acted within the law when he fired into a car driven by Austin Joseph Welling on Nov. 27. Welling, 18, was hit four times and died of his wounds Jan. 31, reports the News Tribune.

The incident followed a pursuit after which Officer Beall had identified a stolen car. The officer approached the car in an alley on foot, when Welling threw the car in reverse toward the officer.

Tags: Officer-Involved Shootings, Officers Exonerated, Tacoma (Wash.) PD


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Bob@Az. @ 4/26/2012 11:07 PM

Great shooting Officer Beall!! Under stress and in an alley with no place to go. Very happy you went home!! Be safe.

blah @ 5/8/2012 6:03 PM

wow you are terrible man. so is your friend who commends you on the murder of a teenager. If a car backs up.. move out of the way, dont shoot him. It seems your self proclaimed heroism derives from your delusional, rapacious and despotic actions as a tyrannical individual who calling himself a peacekeeper. You will be judged one day by your maker.---- censor me, im sure you will--

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