Coroner’s jury deems death of man killed by police homicide by manslaughter

A coroner’s jury has deemed the death of Azario Major, who was shot and killed by police in 2021, as homicide by manslaughter.

The director of public prosecutions will decide whether to act on the jury’s non-binding verdict.

Since an inquest is not a trial, its jury cannot decide criminal liability.

Major, 31, was shot and killed by police outside of Woody’s Bar on December 26, 2021 after he allegedly pointed a gun at a group of police officers.

Police recovered a 9mm pistol from the passenger seat of Major’s vehicle, according to evidence presented.

Shortly before the deadly shooting, the same group of officers had escorted Major from the bar for allegedly behaving in a belligerent manner.

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