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No charges filed against cops in fatal police shooting

Friday, May 11, 2012

Outraged family members met with a New Jersey prosecutor Friday after a grand jury declined to file charges in a fatal police shooting in New Brunswick.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan announced Thursday the panel decided not to indict police officers Brad Berdel and Daniel Mazan in the shooting death of 46-year-old Barry Deloatch.

Prosecutors say Deloatch ran off Sept. 22, 2011, after the officers approached him and two other men. A subsequent chase ended with Berdel shooting Deloatch.

Officials say Deloatch threatened the officers with a board. The family says he was unarmed.

Deloatch's sons say they're devastated.

Kaplan says the grand jury met for 11 consecutive weeks, heard 57 witnesses, and reviewed 280 exhibits.

Kaplan says the case will undergo an administrative review by the police department.

A lawyer for the family says Kaplan hasn't assured them that steps have been taken to prevent similar incidents.

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