- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi grand jury has found no criminal conduct in the fatal shooting of an Arlington, Texas, man by a Gulfport police officer in February.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1RPvTc1) the decision deems the shooting of Rodney Biggs a justifiable homicide. Prosecutors released the grand jury report Tuesday.

Biggs, 49, was shot shortly after police responded Feb. 26 to an 11:04 p.m. report of an accident along U.S. Highway 49 where Biggs was alone in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

Police have said officers asked Biggs to step out of his truck, but he refused and reached for a gun when they tried to remove him from the vehicle. Biggs died where he was shot.

Police Sgt. Charles Koewers has been identified as the officer who fired the shot.

Koewers was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, standard procedure when an officer shoots someone.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation reviewed the shooting with assistance from the Biloxi police crime-scene unit. The MBI’s findings were presented to the grand jury.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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