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Jury returns lawful killing verdict in 2012 police shooting

A policeman lawfully killed armed robbery suspect Willis Wallace in 2012, a coroner’s jury ruled on Thursday.

Police were responding to reports of an armed robbery in progress when they saw two men with a hostage. Wallace, 19, was fatally shot during the pursuit, and another man, Ricardo Davis, was arrested and charged with armed robbery.

Officers recovered stolen jewelry from Wallace’s pocket after he was shot near Columbus Primary. They also recovered a weapon from his side.

Firearms examiner Charles Bain said that Wallace was carrying a BB gun.

Bain added that the pellets from a BB gun could cause injury and that it would be impossible to determine that it was not a real gun without examining it.

Forensic pathologist Caryn Sands said that Wallace died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and right arm.

Sands said she observed seven gunshot wounds, but surmised that one bullet could have caused two injuries.

She said none of the injuries was at close range.

According to Sands, some of the bullets injured the lung, spleen and caused spillage of abdominal and intestinal contents.

Sands said two of those gunshots entered from the back, but in response to a question from attorney Kelsie Munroe, she said it was possible to be facing someone and get shot in the back.

Munroe represented Constable 1901 Quincy Anderson and Anishka Missick marshaled the evidence.

Senior Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
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