DA: Officer involved in fatal 2015 shooting won't face charges

DA: Officer involved in fatal 2015 shooting won't face charges

WORTH CO., GA (WALB) - The investigation into a fatal February 2015 shooting has ended.

In a press release from District Attorney Paul Bowden and Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby, the D.A. declared the shooting justified. Bowden will not present the case to a grand jury.

The officials involved in this shooting were identified as Investigators Dennis Michael Haralson and David Hamilton.

Officers are allowed use of deadly force when trying to arrest a suspected felon who they believe is a threat to the officer or others or because they have a deadly weapon, according to Georgia Statue.

Crystal Miley Harry was shot and killed after the chase ended in a crash.

According to police, after the car crashed, Harry exited her vehicle with two guns.

Dash cam video recorded audio of the event, and officers are heard multiple times demanding that Harry drop her weapons.

Officer testimony and the GBI investigation confirmed that Haralson fired three shots from his gun without hitting anyone.

Hamilton then fired 2 shots, one of which was fatal.

The DA's office determined that Hamilton had reason to believe Harry was a threat and is not pursuing charges in the case against the officers.

Phillip Kelley, the driver of the car, entered a guilty plea in March of 2015 for aggravated assault on a police officer, felony obstruction, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by 15 years of probation.

Kelley filed a motion to withdraw his guilty plea in September 2015, but it was denied.

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