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Special Prosecutor to Release Results of Probe into WMPD Shooting Death of Boy

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - A special prosecutor in the police shooting of a 12-year-old West Memphis boy plans to release the results of the state investigation into the boy's death.  H.G. Foster of Conway says he will speak first with the mother of DeAuntae Farrow before making the results public today at the Crittenden County Courthouse in Marion.

The boy was killed June 22 by a shot from the gun of Officer Erik Sammis.  Officials say the boy was outside playing with a friend while police were in a car on a stakeout at an adjacent apartment complex.  Police have said the boys ran by, yelling, and officers told them to stop.  Police say the officer fired when it appeared DeAuntae was holding a weapon and moved.

Sammis told investigators he believed the youth was holding a gun.  Police say the boy had a toy gun, but the boy's family says he had a soda and a bag of chips.

The federal Justice Department found in its investigation that there was no criminal violation of the boy's civil rights.  But the agency also said it is willing to review any new evidence.

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