- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A Grand Junction police officer who shot and killed a teenage boy after the teen caused a fatal car accident in May has been cleared of wrongdoing in the case.

The Daily Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1F2sWiT ) District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said this week that Office Martin Donohue “had no other option” but to shoot 17-year-old David Gaines on May 19.

Gaines had been driving a pickup when he crashed into a motorcyclist, killing 57-year-old Preston Ellis. Gaines then approached a woman in her vehicle and threatened her with a rifle.

Donahue said he fired after Gaines ignored commands to drop the weapon and then faced officers.

Gaines’ family said the teen was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and had stopped taking his medication months before the incident.


Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.com

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