- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Salt Lake County District Attorney says a police officer wasn’t justified in shooting an innocent bystander mistaken for a suspect, but the officer won’t face criminal charges.

Sim Gill decided Wednesday that officer Unified Police Cory Tsouras didn’t have a “criminal mental state” when he wounded the man.

Authorities say victim Dustin Evans was caught in a gun battle at a Midvale car wash between the officer and a man suspected of stealing a car in October.

Police say the suspect had fired several shots at Tsouras and run away when the officer spotted Dustin Evans trying to get into the car wash and mistook him for the shooter.

Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell says they are still conducting an internal investigation, but Tsouras has returned to work.


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