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Nov 9, 2012 9:14 AM

Prosecutor: Officer Justified In Fatal Shooting

COVINGTON (AP) - A prosecutor says a northern Kentucky police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man outside a bar in June.

Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders told The Kentucky Enquirer that he wouldn't take the case to a grand jury because evidence shows Elsmere officer David Byrd had reason to use deadly force against 21-year-old Michael Godawa of Park Hills.

Sanders said Byrd was called to investigate a potentially intoxicated person in the parking lot of the Finish Line Bar. Sanders said when Byrd arrived on a patrol bicycle Godawa used his car to run over the unattended bike, then struck Byrd with the vehicle and knocked him to the ground.

Authorities have said that Godawa refused to comply with orders to stop and Byrd fired one round.

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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com

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