- Associated Press - Thursday, August 21, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania security guard has been acquitted in the shooting of a man accused of having stolen from a candy delivery truck.

Jurors in Allegheny County deliberated for about a half-hour Wednesday before acquitting 54-year-old John Carter of Verona of aggravated assault. Prosecutors withdrew a reckless endangerment charge before jury selection.

Authorities said Carter was working for Triangle Candy & Tobacco Co. when he shot a man who had grabbed a box of money from a delivery truck in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh in October.

Defense attorney Steve Townsend said his client was just defending himself and should never have been charged. He said Carter “feels vindicated and can’t wait to get back to his life.”

Prosecutors said security video didn’t support Carter’s account of the confrontation.

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