- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on a December fatal shooting by Mesa police (all times local):

12:10 p.m.

The family of a man fatally shot by Mesa police still plans to sue despite prosecutors’ decision to not charge the officer involved.

Troy Hendrickson, an attorney representing the family of Ivan Krstic (KRIHS’-tik) in a wrongful-death lawsuit, says they are disappointed Maricopa County Bill Montgomery deemed the Dec. 3 shooting justified.

Hendrickson says police video shows Krstic was stumbling and clearly not a threat.

The family filed a $10 million notice of claim in January.

Hendrickson says they will now sue for a yet undetermined amount and add the officers to the suit.

9:25 a.m.

Maricopa County Bill Montgomery says Mesa police won’t face criminal charges in the fatal shooting of a man during a nighttime confrontation last December.

Montgomery said 47-year-old Ivan Krstic (KRIHS’-tik) first wielded a 3-foot-long medal rod and then pulled a knife as he disregarded police commands and was perceived by the officers at the scene as a threat.

Krstic was shot by one officer after another officer used a stun gun on Krstic during the confrontation near Krstic’s home.

The confrontation occurred after police received several 911 calls, including one from a neighbor who reported that a man was striking the street near his home with a medal rod.

7:40 a.m.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery plans to announce his office’s decision on possible prosecution in the fatal shooting of a man by a Mesa police officer last December.

Montgomery scheduled a news conference Thursday morning to announce the charging decision in the Dec. 3 fatal shooting of 47-year-old Ivan Krstic.

Police in December said an officer fatally shot Krstic as the man wielded a 3-foot-long steel rod during a confrontation in the man’s neighborhood.


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