Grand Jury won't indict Centerville officers in shooting, say they acted in self-defense

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DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Montgomery County Grand Jury has decided it will not indict two Centerville Police officers for the February 2 shooting of a 15-year-old.

After hearing testimony and evidence from the shooting, members of the Grand Jury returned a no true bill, saying that the officers acted in self-defense and in the defense of others.

It's a feeling the city's police chief echoed the day of the shooting. "What I want to emphasize is the officers responded appropriately to the threat," Chief Bruce Robertson said. "He refused to drop the weapon and they had no option but to fire." It was later learned that the weapon the teen had was a replica gun. Chief Robertson said he believes something should be done about replica guns being on the street, "I don't have the solution, but I know people are getting hurt and both police officers and people brandishing these weapons at police officers because of it. Something's got to be done, there's got to be a solution," he said.

The teen who was shot had non life-threatening injuries. Following the shooting, the city released 16 different documents that describe the teen's interactions with police in the past, including the most recent just 2 days before the shooting.

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