Officers who shot man in stolen truck won’t be charged

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VAN WERT, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say four Ohio sheriff’s officers won’t face any charges in the fatal shooting of a man who stole a semitrailer cab and threatened to run over people during a two-county chase.

A prosecutor says a Van Wert County grand jury this past week decided against filing charges. The four officers returned to work Friday.

A dozen 911 calls from the September chase in western Ohio showed that 46-year-old Terry Pierce Jr. of Spencerville repeatedly told authorities he wouldn’t pull over.

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Pierce told police during the calls that he was going to kill everyone in his way and threatened to hit a school bus. He also said he would force police to shoot him.

Deputies fatally shot him after he drove the wrong way on a highway toward oncoming traffic.


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