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No charges for officer in fatal Sheboygan shooting

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Posted at 4:05 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 17:05:58-04

SHEBOYGAN (NBC 26) -- The Sheboygan Police officer who shot and killed a man during a confrontation back in June will not face criminal charges in the matter, according to a district attorney.

Sheboygan County District Attorney (D.A.) Joel Urmanski said that Officer Bryan Pray's use of deadly force was reasonable and no charges should be issued in the death of Kevan Odell Ruffin Jr.

The incident happened on July 2. According to a statement from the District Attorney, police received a disturbance call in which Ruffin was accused of attacking a woman. The D.A.'s statement said Officer Pray saw Ruffin walking down a street.

Officer Pray asked Ruffin to sit down on the curb, but instead, the D.A. says Ruffin began walking towards Pray. Officer Pray pulled out his taser, warned Ruffin he was going to use it, and then struck Ruffin with the taser. The D.A. said Ruffin continued to advance toward Officer Pray. The D.A. also says Ruffin was armed with Sais at the time, a type of bladed martial art weapon.

After deploying his taser, the D.A. said Officer Pray sprinted away from Ruffin, who followed. Pray then pulled out his gun and fired several shots at Ruffin, who eventually fell to the ground. While CPR was attempted, the D.A. says Ruffin died at the scene.

District Attorney Urmanski concluded the statement by saying Officer's Pray's actions were reasonable and the use of deadly force was necessary.