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Jul 4, 2014 3:34 PM by AP

Bossier Police, DA say June shooting justified

BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - The Bossier City Police Department and the Bossier Parish District Attorney's office have determined that an officer-involved shooting in which a man was killed last month was justified.

The dead man had pulled a gun from his waistband that turned out to be a toy.

The report said 58-year-old Larry Allan Jerrils of Walker, Michigan, had shown the phony gun to employees of a shoe store he robbed on June 12. The employees thought it was real.

Jerrils had run from store when two police officers entered.

One officer caught up with Jerrils and grabbed him by the hand. Jerrils then turned toward the officers and pulled the fake weapon from his waistband. Both officers fired at him. He died at the scene.

Officers Andrew Nichols and Kevin Wooten were placed on routine administrative leave following the shooting. The police statement said both will return to duty once they are medically cleared.

Police said Jerrils was wanted by authorities in Michigan for a parole violation related to charges of armed robbery, home invasion and attempted sexual assault.

Nichols and Wooten had responded to a silent alarm when they arrived at the shoe store on the night of June 12.

The officers entered the store and ordered Jerrils to show his hands multiple times, but he refused, the police news release said.

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