Pocahontas officers cleared in fatal shooting

POCAHONTAS (AP) - A northeast Arkansas prosecutor says four Pocahontas police officers involved in a shooting that killed an assault suspect were justified in their actions.

Prosecutor Henry Boyce tells The Jonesboro Sun that he's cleared the officers involved in the Feb. 7 shooting that killed 27-year-old Jonathan Tims.

Arkansas State Police say the Pocahontas officers were investigating a report that Tims had threatened his girlfriend with a gun. Authorities say Tims fled into nearby woods and pulled out a handgun when he was confronted by four officers.

Authorities say the officers opened fire, hitting him seven times.

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