- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A prosecutor says a Fayetteville policeman was justified in shooting a Marianna man in April.

Officer Brandon Jones shot 33-year-old Willie Sherman Tillman April 23 after Tillman began fighting with the officer inside a moving car following a traffic stop.

Tillman died at a hospital 18 days later.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1ssOpfn ) that prosecutor Matt Durrett said Friday that Jones first used a stun gun and that he reasonably believed he was in danger.

Police say that after being stopped for driving without headlights about 2:25 a.m., Tillman dove back into the car with Jones following and that two fought as Tillman drove away from the scene.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. An internal police investigation cleared Jones in May and he returned to duty.

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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.nwaonline.com


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