Police in the Texas town of Denton are breathing a sigh of relief as charges against one of their own -who shot and killed an armed man in February- have been dropped.
Officer John Landolfo will not have charges filed against him by a Denton County grand jury after he fired two rounds at 45-year-old Lawrence Shaw, having failed to subdue the knife-armed suspect with a Taser.
Shaw brandished his knife at police during a well-being check, threatening police before walking into the woods. Fearing that he may be a threat to others, officers Landolfo and Nelson followed him into the forest.
Vanishing for a moment, Shaw ambushed the police, charging Landolfo with the knife and forcing the officer to draw his Taser, attempting to use it twice.
Out of options, the seven-year police veteran opened fire with his service pistol, fatally wounding Shaw.
According to the Denton Record-Chronicle, Landolfo since has returned to the street as a patrol officer after he and his partner were placed on administrative leave.
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