- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - A federal judge has cleared Glynn County and two police officers of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a woman who led authorities on a four mile chase in 2010.

The Brunswick News reports (http://bit.ly/1uECWYO ) U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood wrote in a summary Tuesday that while the death of 35-year-old Caroline Small was unnecessary, the officers’ use of force wasn’t unconstitutional.

Authorities have said Small was suspected of doing drugs in a mall parking lot and was pursued by police for miles after leaving the scene. Investigators have said shots were fired into her car when it lurched forward as it was pinned between two police vehicles and a utility pole.

Wood said the officers’ belief that Small posed a threat of serious physical harm was reasonable.

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Information from: The Brunswick News, http://www.thebrunswicknews.com

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