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State Brief: Attorney: Minneapolis officer justified in fatal shooting

MINNEAPOLIS — A police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man in a north Minneapolis neighborhood last August, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

In a statement released Monday, Freeman said he determined that the deadly use of force by Officer Jason Wolff was reasonable and therefore not criminal.

Police responded to a call about 3 a.m. Aug. 2 and found 32-year-old Mario Benjamin kneeling next to an injured woman in the street.

In his interview with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conducted two days after the shooting, Wolff said at first he thought Benjamin was trying to help the woman. Then, Wolff saw Benjamin stand up with a gun in his right hand, Minnesota Public Radio News reported.