No criminal charges will be brought against the four Anne Arundel County police officers involved in the fatal shooting last year of a teenager who was holding a pair of scissors, the county's state's attorney's office said yesterday.
Justin James Fisher, 18, of Glen Burnie was shot five times early May 14 after he reportedly charged at officers who had spent a half-hour trying to get him to drop a 9-inch pair of scissors, police said. Officers had stopped Fisher's vehicle on Arbutus Road in Pasadena.
County prosecutors questioned witnesses before a grand jury to determine whether the use of force was justified. Officers may use deadly force when they believe their lives are threatened.
"Based upon the testimony of those witnesses, no criminal charges will be placed," according to a statement from the office of State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee.
Police had identified the officers who fired at Fisher as Daniel De Lorenzo, Edward Hildebrand, Michael Flaig and Scott Clinton.
Lt. David Waltemeyer, a county police spokesman, said that an administrative investigation is continuing.
Fisher's mother had called police to report that her son, a Salisbury University freshman, was threatening himself and his girlfriend. The mother told police that Fisher had a history of psychotic episodes.
Dale Adkins, an attorney for Fisher's family, said they will file a civil suit against the county and the officers. "The police officers will be called to answer for why they shot this boy five times in the chest because he was holding a pair of scissors," he said.