State says Virginia police officer justified in shooting man

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a Virginia police officer was justified in shooting a man after police responded to a call of shots fired last December.

The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney said in a statement issued Tuesday that Alexandria police officer Vaccaro reasonably feared for his life and fired his weapon in what the office termed “justified self-defense.”

Alexandria police said officers encountered an individual with a firearm on Dec. 2, 2018, and shot him.

Police identified the shooting victim as 28-year-old Michael Ligon. He is charged with multiple offenses, including attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer.

Ligon is being held in the Alexandria Adult Detention Center as he awaits trial. It couldn’t be determined Wednesday if Ligon has an attorney representing him.

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