BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana prosecutor says he won’t prosecute a man accused of shooting at a police officer while fleeing a traffic stop, because there’s no evidence he had a weapon.
An investigation continues, with possible consequences for the officer who did shoot and accused 21-year-old Raheem Howard of firing first.
The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports that District Attorney Hillar Moore III has dropped an attempted murder charge against Howard, whose car was missing a license plate.
Witnesses reported hearing only one gunshot as Baton Rouge Officer Yuseff Hamadeh fired at Howard. An exhaustive search turned up no contrary evidence.
Last year, Hamadeh fatally shot a man accused of pointing a weapon at officers during a traffic stop. Neither shooting was recorded on Hamadeh’s body camera.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com