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Grand Jury: Police Shooting Justified


A grand jury has decided a Tallahassee police officer was justified in using deadly force when he shot and killed a man off Old Bainbridge Road last month.

A parade of police officers and witnesses appeared before the grand jury Wednesday and described what happened that night.

Twenty-eight-year-old Daquiri Ball was shot and killed by Officer Doug Kutchera back on July 14th.

A Tallahassee Police spokesman says Ball was mutilating himself with a pair of channel lock pliers and Kutchera shot him, after Ball chased a fellow officer and then charged him with the pliers in hand.

State Attorney Willie Meggs says Ball was shot three times, in the head, shoulder and leg. He also says toxicology reports confirm Ball had cocaine, marijuana and alcohol in his system when he died.

Officer Kutchera has been on desk duty since the shooting.

There is no word yet when he will return to the street. That will depend on the outcome of an internal affairs probe at TPD.

Kutchera would not comment on the grand jury decision and we have tried to reach Ball's family for comment as well, but none of his family members have returned our phone calls.


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