Roseville Officers Cleared In Fatal Shooting

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Pellet gun displayed by Wayne Malone. (credit: Bureau of Criminal Apprehension)

Pellet gun displayed by Wayne Malone. (credit: Bureau of Criminal Apprehension)

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two Roseville police officers will not be charged in a fatal shooting from November.

According to the Washington County Attorney’s Office, the two men, Officer Joseph Adams and Officer Grant Dattilo were justified in using deadly force to kill Wayne W. Malone on Nov. 17, 2011.

Both officers responded to an apartment on the 600 block of Larpenteur in Roseville on a 911 hang-up call, unaware of what to expect.

Adams recognized the address and remembered encountering a violent man there in the past. After knocking and announcing their presence, the officers were met by Malone, who was holding a handgun.

The officers retreated and repeatedly yelled for Malone to put down the weapon, but instead, Malone raised the gun, as if to shoot.

The officers fired their weapons a total of eight times, with two rounds hitting Malone and causing his death.

The fact that the officers repeatedly warned Malone to put down his weapon, a black .177 pellet gun, is confirmed by two witnesses.

The actions of the officers were justified according to the report and no charges will be issued.

The Roseville Police Department considers this matter closed.

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