Review board: Fatal police shooting of suspect was justified

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A review board has determined a SWAT team officer’s fatal shooting of a robbery suspect outside a convenience store in Ohio’s capital city in 2015 was justified.

Officer Barry Kirby fatally shot 25-year-old Kaleb Alexander on Oct. 15, 2015 outside a United Dairy Farmers store in Columbus.

Police say officers staked out the store after being told the same man had robbed it the two previous nights.

On the night of the shooting, police say officers saw Alexander walk into the store with a gun and demand cash. They say he left the store and was shot after ignoring commands to drop his weapon.

A grand jury declined to issue an indictment in the case.

The review board says Kirby’s actions were not in violation of the division’s polices. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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