- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say ballistics tests to determine who fired a shot that injured a young girl during a gun battle last year are inconclusive, but state forensics experts and county prosecutors believe it came from a police officer’s gun.

Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in a statement Friday that those conclusions were reached after the state police forensics unit tested guns from an Asbury Park police officer and suspect Dante Allen.

Authorities say a bullet fired in the Nov. 4 incident went through a wall and grazed an 8-year-old girl. She was treated at a hospital.

Prosecutors say the officer fired his weapon after Allen shot at him. The 20-year old suspect was shot in the leg.

Prosecutors announced Wednesday the officer’s use of deadly force was justified.

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