Durham District Attorney will not file charges in September, 2015 police shooting

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
La'vante Biggs
La'vante Biggs

DURHAM (WTVD) -- Durham District Attorney Roger Echols said Tuesday he has found no probable cause to file charges in a September, 2015 officer-involved shooting that left 21-year-old La'vante Trevon Biggs dead.

Officers spoke to Biggs for over half an hour after getting a report he was suicidal and armed.

Echols said Biggs pointed a gun at officers before he was shot. It was later discovered that the gun was an Airsoft gun that looked just like a real firearm.

Photo of Gun Recovered from La'Vante Biggs
Image Courtesy: Durham Police Department

Echols said North Carolina law states that an officer is justified in using deadly force if he/she believes a person presents an imminent threat of death or serious physical injury to others.

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