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Special Prosecutor Files No Charges in WMPD's Fatal Shooting of Boy

MARION, AR - A special prosecutor in the police shooting of a 12-year-old West Memphis boy says there isn't enough evidence to charge anyone in the boy's death.

DeAuntae Farrow was killed June 22 by a shot from the gun of Officer Erik Sammis.

Special Prosecutor H.G. Foster presented an 800-page report Tuesday at the Crittenden County courthouse in Marion.

Foster's report was in line with an earlier U.S. Justice Department ruling that said there was no criminal violation of the boy's civil rights.  But the agency also said it was willing to review any new evidence.

Officials said 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 said the officer fired when it appeared DeAuntae was holding a weapon and moved.  The boy's family said he was holding a soda and a bag of chips.

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