Eyre shot 23 times by police

    Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) An Alaska District Attorney said no charges will be filed by police in the death of a 20-year-old Juneau man.

    Authorities ruled that police were legally justified in their use of deadly force in the shooting last Christmas Eve in Fairbanks.

    A report released by the state Office of Special Prosecutions found that Eyre ignored repeated requests to put down his gun and pointed the weapon at officers.

    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner said officers responded to a report of a suicidal man who had been drinking who was armed with a 22-caliber revolver with one bullet.

    The state report said Eyre threatened officers before the shooting, stating, "You guys can (expletive) die right now" as he pointed the gun at them.

    Chief Assistant Attorney General Paul Miovas Jr. reviewed the case.  The report said more than 40 rounds and two shotgun rounds were fired at Eyre.  He was shot 23 times.

    Eyre's family plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the case. 

    Samantha Eyre-Harrison, Eyre's sister, told the newspaper she questioned why so many officers opened fire and why the situation escalated so quickly.

    She said she found out about the report from the news media and not authorities.



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