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No Charges Against GPD Officer In Deadly Shooting

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The 13th Circuit Solicitor announced Tuesday he has determined a Greenville Police officer was justified in the shooting death of a man in November. The 13th Circuit Solicitor announced Tuesday he has determined a Greenville Police officer was justified in the shooting death of a man in November.
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Wilkins: No Charges Against Greenville Police Officer In Shooting
July 2, 2013

The 13th Circuit Solicitor announced Tuesday he has determined a Greenville Police officer was justified in the shooting death of a man in November. 

Walt Wilkins said his investigators had to rely on witness statements in the shooting death of Senovio Pedro Maldonado on November 18th on Brown Street.

He said his investigators found no evidence to pursue criminal charges against the officer and win a case. 

Wilkins said most of the witness statements - made by individuals who were anywhere from five to 50 yards away from the scene - were in line with the GPD officer's account. Those closest to the incident have statements in line with officer testimony. 

There was no video available of the incident which Wilkins said made investigating the case difficult. 

Maldonado hit another man in the head with a baseball bat according to police and was threatening officers when they opened fire. 

"All witnesses seem to indicate it was above his shoulders with the ability to swing or swing down and injure somebody. Those facts seem to be undisputed," said Wilkins in a news conference Tuesday, "so the officers were certainly justified in believing that their lives or the lives of others could possibly be in danger."

Wilkins says the safety of all was considered according to the witness statements when Maldonado acted violently with the weapon.

Tuesday News Conference On Nov. Officer Involved Shooting
July 1, 2013

A news conference has been scheduled for Tuesday concerning the investigation into a deadly officer involved shooting that happened last November in Greenville.

Solicitor Walt Wilkins will hold the news conference at 10 a.m.

We'll stream it live on WSPA.com.  Watch the video player above.

Prosecutors Review Report On Officer Involved Shooting
June 21, 2013

An investigation into a deadly officer-involved shooting is nearly wrapped up.

Prosecutors are now looking over a report from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to determine if a November 18th shooting on Brown Street was justified.

Greenville Police Chief Terri Wilfong says the shooting happened after two police officers were called out to a fight downtown.

Officers said Senovio Pedro Maldonado hit a man in the head with a baseball bat. Cops told Maldonado to put the bat down. According to Chief Wilfong, the man refused and instead ran at the officers, causing one officer to shoot him in the chest.

The officer was placed on administrative duty after the shooting, but he is now back on regular duty.

Ashley Acosta said she was a witness. Her written statement indicates that she saw police shoot Maldonado after he dropped the bat and raised his hands.

Greenville Mayor Pro Tem David Sudduth said Greenville City Council has the information from the shooting. He said he feels the officers acted appropriately.

Thirteenth Circuit Court Solicitor Walk Wilkins is reviewing the case and will complete his analysis next week, into whether the officers were justified.

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