Fatal Memphis police shooting ruled justifiable

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Prosecutors say a fatal shooting by a Memphis police officer last week was justifiable.

The officer, Gerry Hampton, was on patrol for thieves breaking into unattended vehicles when he shot and killed 24-year-old Reginald Pointer who resisted arrest.

Police officials said Tuesday he has been cleared by the Shelby County District Attorney's office to return to full duty.

The shooting occurred Oct. 21 after officers spotted security guards for FedEx Corp. chasing a man on foot near a company office building.

Police said they caught the man after a brief chase, and he was shot while struggling with the officers.

Hampton, a 10-year police veteran, had been routinely relieved of duty pending an investigation.

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