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Video: Cleveland Officer Acquitted of Charges from 2012 Car Chase Shootings

May 23, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Cleveland Officer Acquitted of Charges from 2012 Car Chase Shootings

A judge ruled Saturday morning that a Cleveland police officer is not guilty of two charges of voluntary manslaughter in connection with the Nov. 29, 2012 police chase and shooting that ended in the deaths of two people.

Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell said that while the officer did fire lethal shots at Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, other officers did as well.

O'Donnell also concluded that the officer was not guilty of the lesser included offense of felonious assault because he was legally justified in his use of deadly force, Cleveland.com reports.

The officer, 31, was one of more than 100 police officers to participate in a 22-minute police chase, and one of 13 who shot at a 1979 Chevy Malibu. The shooting ended in the deaths of the driver, Russell and the passenger, Williams.

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