- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An officer involved in the shooting of a suspected gang ringleader who was on the run for more than a year acted within police department policy, a police review board concluded.

The Columbus Police Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board looked into the officer’s actions and said Thursday it has determined he followed division policy, said police Sgt. Rich Weiner.

Authorities say the officer and two State Highway Patrol troopers shot at 33-year-old Jermonte Fletcher in an attempted arrest in January. Fletcher died in the gunfire exchange when officers with the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Task Force were trying to arrest him in Columbus on a fugitive warrant.

Authorities say Fletcher fired a submachine gun when the task force tried to arrest him and was killed when officers shot back, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

At the time of the shooting, Fletcher had been a fugitive for more than a year following his indictment in December 2013 on multiple charges of drug dealing and illegal weapons possession as the suspected head of the Short North Posse gang.

A Franklin County grand jury in August reviewed the actions of the three law-enforcement officers and decided not to indict them in Fletcher’s death.

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