- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A northeast Pennsylvania prosecutor says a police officer was justified when he wounded a suspect last month in a shopping center parking lot.

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis and state police cleared Wilkes-Barre officer Joseph Sinavage on Tuesday of wrongdoing in the Nov. 19 shooting of Bong Bob Kim.

Salavantis says Sinavage fired at Kim three times when it appeared the 30-year-old Wilkes-Barre man was trying to run officers over while fleeing a crack deal with a police informant.

Bong is charged with aggravated assault, drug trafficking and fleeing police. He is jailed in lieu of $200,000 cash bail.

Sinavage was cleared to return to work.

He had been on paid administrative leave pending the completion of Salavantis’ investigation.

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