Louisana will not file charges against two police officers involved in the fatal 2016 shooting death of Alton Sterling because evidence showed they acted in a “reasonable and justifiable manner,” a state official said on Tuesday.
Louisana Attorney General Jeff Landry said Baton Rouge officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake had a good reason to believe Sterling, 37, was armed with a gun and was continuously resisting arrest.
“Our investigation has concluded that officers Lake and Salamoni attempted to make a lawful arrest of Alton Sterling based upon probable cause,” Landry told a news conference.
Sterling was shot and killed by one of two police officers who confronted him outside a convenience store in July 2016. Cell phone video showed him pinned to the ground by the Baton Rouge police officers before he was shot; police said Sterling was shot because he was reaching for a gun.