- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Florida’s State Attorney’s Office has cleared an undercover Orlando police detective who fatally shot a 37-year-old man after the detective said the man raised a gun at him.

State Attorney Jeff Ashton said Detective Yong Hall’s fatal shooting of Izzy Colon was “justified and appropriate,” the Orlando Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/1SzSNR0).

Ashton wrote in the clearance letter to Orlando Police Chief John Mina that Hall appears to have acted in self-defense when he shot Colon twice.

“There is no evidence in this instance that (Hall) committed intentional misconduct or acted with any degree of malice,” Ashton wrote.

The deadly shooting unfolded when Hall and Detective Amanda White, who were in plain clothes and working a drug detail, went to meet an informant Feb. 4 at a southeast Orlando apartment complex.

Hall said he and White observed gunfire, took cover behind their vehicle and identified themselves as police officers as Colon and Ricardo Caban approached them.

Caban told investigators that he and Colon had gone outside to shoot their guns at beer cans and into the air.

Caban dropped his gun and lay on the ground. Colon refused to surrender and raised his gun at Hall, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement report.

“I felt like he was going to shoot me, and that’s when I shot,” Hall told investigators.

Caban told investigators he didn’t hear Hall yell, “police” until after the two shots were fired. After he shot Colon, Hall was placed on administrative leave. He is now on active duty.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

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