Report clears Delaware trooper in fatal shooting

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state attorney general’s office says a Delaware trooper was justified in fatally shooting a suicidal man armed with a handgun last year.

The Delaware Department of Justice said in a report issued this week that Corporal Nicholas McLaughlin reasonably believed lethal force was necessary when he shot 46-year-old Shane Swider in November outside a home in Lewes.

A 911 caller said Swider had a gun and was talking about killing himself.

Investigators said Swider put the handgun on the ground at least twice before raising it in the direction of McLaughlin and a Lewes police officer.

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