Prosecutors clear Charlotte officer who shot and killed man

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Prosecutors say a Charlotte police officer acted properly when he shot and killed a man who charged at him with 10-inch garden shears.

The Charlotte Observer reported that posecutors have concluded that Officer O.S. Swenson did nothing wrong when he shot and killed 26-year-old Clay McCall on Sept. 14.

The Mecklenburg District Attorney’s Office said Thursday that Swenson had no choice but to use deadly force.

Authorities say McCall had a history of violence. He shot and killed his father in Charlotte six years ago and later pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter after spending years in mental institutions.

McCall was shot after his grandmother locked him out of her house saying she could not control him. She called a mental health worker who called police.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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