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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, August 11, 2018 1:00 am

Felony case dropped in club melee

Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio – Felony charges have been dropped against one man while a jury has acquitted his brother of similar charges filed after an Ohio police officer shot them multiple times from behind on a busy city street.

WKYC-TV reports that authorities accused 24-year-old Jamon Pruiett and Latrent Redrick of threatening nightclub patrons and police last October before Akron officer John Turnure shot each man six times. Defense attorney Terry Gilbert disputes that account, saying surveillance camera footage doesn't show them threatening anyone.

Prosecutors dropped felonious assault charges against Redrick before trial last week. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor inducing panic at trial. Pruiett, who fired one round after being shot, was acquitted Thursday of felonious assault.

Akron Police Chief Kenneth Ball said Pruiett should have been convicted.