No Charges

January 22, 2006 - Posted at 1:17 p.m. CST

ST. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (AP) _ Attorney General Jay Nixon says the
Ste. Genevieve police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, mentally
ill man won't be prosecuted.

Nixon made the announcement yesterday.

Ste. Genevieve Police Chief Dale Newman says he won't comment
until he's gotten official word that Officer Michael Coon is
cleared of wrongdoing in the November shooting of 47-year-old
Dennis Heberlie, who suffered from schizophrenia.

An attorney for Heberlie's family says Coon had no justification
to shoot Heberlie.

Police reports say Coon struggled with Heberlie at his home
after Heberlie tried to run Coon off the road with his car. Coon
says he fired his pistol because Heberlie had beaten him to the
floor and was hovering over him.

The single shot hit Heberlie in the chest.

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