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DA drops charges against man shot at by officer

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.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com