No charges: 2 officers 'justified' in fatal shooting of St. Paul man

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Two St. Paul police officers won't face criminal charges in the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old St. Paul man back in January, a grand jury decided Wednesday.

Police fatally shot Marcus Golden when he drove his SUV toward one of them in the parking lot of an apartment building in St. Paul Jan. 14, police said.

"It's pretty clear that these officers were very justified in what they did," Washington County Attorney Peter Orput said, according to the Pioneer Press. "Mr. Golden came dangerously close to killing one of those officers."

A "no bill" decision as it's called means the grand jury didn't think the evidence supported any charges. It clears St. Paul officers Jeremy Doverspike and Dan Peck of any wrongdoing, the Star Tribune notes.

"The grand jury's decision does not diminish the fact that a person lost his life, nor does it diminish the fact that our officers were put in a life-threatening position," St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders told the Pioneer Press.

Linders told the Star Tribune the police department will start its internal investigation into the shooting, which is standard procedure.

On the night of the shooting, officers were responding to a 911 saying Golden was making death threats and was outside the apartment with a gun.

That's when officials say Golden drove at police, nearly hitting them, and Doverspike and Peck both fired on Golden, killing him. Police later found a handgun in Golden's SUV.

The St. Paul chapter of the NAACP and an attorney for Golden's family has called for a civil rights investigation into the shooting because Golden was black.

Washington County officials investigated the case to avoid any conflict of interest in Ramsey County, where the shooting happened.

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