Cary officer cleared in shooting

December 22, 2008 2:19:59 PM PST
A Cary police officer will not face criminal charges in a September shooting.The State Bureau of Investigation completed its inquiry into the September 28, 2008 shooting of James Cummings.

Investigations by the SBI and the Wake County District Attorney's Office concluded Officer Joseph Kennedy's actions were justified. Kennedy has returned to patrol after being placed on administrative duty.

On the day of the incident, police received a call that Cummings was have a mental health crisis. When officers arrived at the residence and tried to talk with Cummings, he went into the kitchen and grabbed what appeared to be a black-colored semi-automatic handgun.

Officers asked him to drop the weapon, and he refused, which resulted in Officer Kennedy's firing one shot.

Cummings is still recovering from his injury.


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