Grand jury: 2017 Troy police shooting was justified

July 16, 2018 06:31 PM

TROY - A 2017 police shooting in Troy was justified. That's the finding of a grand jury Monday afternoon. Dahmeek McDonald was shot by Troy Police Officer Jarrod Iller near the intersection of 8th and Rensselaer.

McDonald's attorney says his client was not armed.

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The decision was announced Monday afternoon, but a grand jury no-billed the officer on Friday. It's welcome news for members of the Troy Police Department.

The case has provoked a lot of emotion, including great anger.

The grand jury found Iller was legally justified when he fired four shots at McDonald. McDonald was hit by two shots. He survived.

Iller testified he feared for his and his partner's life when he drove a car at them.

Parole officers had been looking for McDonald after he took off his ankle monitor months earlier and a tip led Officer Iller to that location with a description of the vehicle.

The shooting led to angry protests, with some screaming obscenities at officers and news crews at one march to City Hall.

Iller waived immunity and testified in front of the grand jury. Prosecutors say they also spoke to McDonald, who – according to the decision – admits to trying to drive away, but not at the officers.

He also claims that Iller shot him once after he got out of the car, which the report says the evidence did not bear out.

Mark Mishler, McDonald's attorney, said:

"We are dismayed but not surprised by the outcome of this investigation, which unfortunately fits into a now-standard pattern in this country by which police officers who use deadly force against unarmed civilians are rarely charged."

On the other side, the Troy PBA thanked the jurors, who it said made a decision based on facts and not emotion.

The union president also said:

"We also pray that the citizens of Troy can move on from this incident in a positive direction and we can mend any tarnished relationships with the community that may arise from this decision."

Rev. Tim Sherman, who has been very active in the "Justice for Dahmeek" movement, says this is just the way things are done in Troy and that nobody gets a fair shot.

Prosecutors say this grand jury met on 11 separate occasions and heard from 47 witnesses – 29 of whom were civilians.


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