Meridian Star

November 2, 2012

2 law enforcement officials cleared in shootings


Associated Press

TUPELO, Miss. —  

Two law enforcement officers involved in deadly shootings earlier this year have been cleared of any criminal charges.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations conducted an investigation into the June 24 shooting of 40-year-old Gerald John Wagner by a Mississippi Highway Patrolman and the July 30 shooting of 22-year-old Gregory Martinez Hughes by a Tupelo police officer and presented the findings to a grand jury.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the district attorney's office said the grand jury found the officers acted within the regulations of their authority and in self-defense.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says the MBI investigation showed Hughes drew a small caliber handgun and fired a shot at an officer.

The highway patrol said Wagner fired a total of four shots before being shot.