Columbus Police Release Audio Tape of Fatal Shooting

Columbus police say an audio tape of the police pursuit that ended in the death of a young man early this month proves the shooting was justified.

Officers say the shooting death of Dante Miller was justified because Miller pulled a gun on officers. Officials say they hope the release of the tape bolsters the case that two officers followed procedure when Miller was killed on August 6th.

The tape dialogue includes the voice of an officer as he runs after Miller; the officer shouts he sees a gun in Miller’s hand. Police say they retrieved fingerprints and D-N-A evidence from the gun. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says the gun was purchased in February in Detroit Miller’s hometown.

Miller was on probation for a drug violation. Miller’s family wants a civilian review commission to review the case. The family claims several witnesses say Miller did not have a gun with him.

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