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Virginia officer who shot man in car indicted on murder charge

Added 05-05-21 08:57:05am EST - “A Virginia police officer was indicted? on Tuesday on charges of murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle in connection with the? shooting of a man who police say was attempting to get away from officers in a vehicle.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Virginia officer who shot man in car indicted on murder charge”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Virginia police officer was indicted on Tuesday on charges of murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle in connection with the shooting of a man who police say was attempting to get away from officers in a vehicle.

Local news affiliate WCYB and The Associated Press reported that Bristol police Officer Jonathan Brown turned himself in on Tuesday and was charged with murder, maliciously shooting into an occupied vehicle, and use of a firearm during a murder. His bond was set  at $25,000.

The officer is charged over the incident in late March when he and other officers were reportedly trying to convince a man to exit his vehicle and speak to them at the scene of a reported shooting when the man allegedly sped up and accelerated in the vicinity of officers while trying to exit a parking lot. Brown fired his weapon, killing the man, according to reports.

“As officers were verbally engaged with Kohler, he backed up and then drove forward in an attempt to exit the parking lot, at which point one of the officers fired at Kohler’s vehicle,” read a statement from Virginia State Police obtained by the AP.

“He then put the Mustang into drive and sped towards one of the officers. The officer fired at the suspect vehicle as it came at him,” the statement continued.

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