Prosecutor: No charges against Ann Arbor police officer who shot and killed woman

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Protesters stand outside the Washtenaw County Courthouse in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Jan. 30, 2015, after the County Prosecutor decided not to charge an Ann Arbor police officer in the shooting death of Aura Rosser. Patrick Record | The Ann Arbor News

By John Counts

The Ann Arbor police officer who shot and killed 40-year-old Aura Rosser will not face any criminal charges, according to a release from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office.

Prosecutor Brian Mackie will not be bringing any charges against Officer David Ried, a 15 year veteran of the department.

“The law is clear and the evidence established that this tragic death was the result of lawful self-defense,” Mackie said in the release.

The decision follows an investigation by the Michigan State Police.

“The investigation established that the officers entered the home and saw Ms. Rosser attacking the homeowner with a raised knife,” the release from the prosecutor’s office said. “After the officers yelled at Ms. Rosser to drop the knife, she came at the officers with the knife still raised in an attack position. Ms. Rosser ignored repeated commands to drop the knife. As she continued to advance on the officers, Officer Ried fired one shot from his department issued handgun, killing Rosser.”

The prosecutor’s office made the announcement around 5:17 p.m. Friday.

Ried and Mark Raab, both 15-year veterans of the department, have been on administrative leave since the Nov. 9 shooting.

The two officers were called to 2083 Winewood Ave. in Ann Arbor around 11:45 p.m. Nov. 9 for a domestic disturbance.

“Although the officer’s response was justified, it had a tragic outcome nonetheless,” Ann Arbor Police Chief John Seto said via email Friday night. “This has been a very difficult time for the entire Ann Arbor Police Department, specifically Officer Ried and Officer Raab, who responded to this incident.”

Read full coverage of the fatal shooting from The Ann Arbor News.

Aura Rosser press release

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