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NC officer won't face charges in fatal suspect shooting

The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina district attorney has announced that a police officer accused of shooting and killing a suspect said to be wielding a knife won't face criminal charges.

WRAL says a Wednesday report by Wake County District attorney Lorrin Freeman concluded that Raleigh officer W.B. Edwards feared for his life when 30-year-old Soheil Antonio Mojarrad ignored commands to drop a knife and approached Edwards with it.

Raleigh police have said Edwards was responding to a possible theft in April when he shot and killed Mojarrad. July autopsy results showed Mojarrad was shot eight times.

The shooting drew scrutiny after it was revealed Edwards' body-worn camera wasn't activated and his vehicle camera was pointed away.

Mojarrad's parents say their son was mentally ill and have questioned if the shooting was justified.