Prosecutor: Officer was justified when he shot, killed suspect in September 2014

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office has concluded that Cleveland Police Sgt. Brian Miller was justified when he shot and killed an armed shooter in September.

According to a press release, a letter was delivered Friday to Cleveland Police Chief Calvin D. Williams stating that the suspect, Kendrick Brown, 36, “posed a real and immediate threat to not only Sgt. Miller but also to a number of residents in the neighborhood” during the incident.

It all happened at about 9 a.m. Sept. 2. Police were called to East 140th Street near Kinsman Avenue, responding to reports of a man shooting at another man.

“Sergeant Miller, confronted with an active shooter, was reasonable in his use of deadly force because Mr. Brown posed an immediate and continuing threat to the lives of innocent and vulnerable neighbors that morning,” Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said. “The threat of death was real and had not abated. Sergeant Miller became the target of Mr. Brown and his gun as he pulled up to help. As Mr. Brown posed a significant threat of death or serious injury to Sergeant Miller and residents on the street that morning, his shooting was justified.”

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