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Prosecutor says CPD officer acted lawfully in deadly downtown shooting

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Kenneth Smith shot and killed by a Cleveland Police officer. Kenneth Smith shot and killed by a Cleveland Police officer.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced Thursday that Cleveland Police Officer, Patrolman Rogers Jones, acted within the law when he shot and killed Kenneth Smith back in 2012. 

Patrolman Jones has been on restricted duty status since the shooting. Police Internal Affairs Unit will now do an administrative review. 

A grand jury has been hearing the case and testimonies since a lawyer for the family filed a lawsuit. They have also been hearing testimony about the deadly police chase from November of 2012. 

Smith was shot downtown in March of 2012 by Patrolman Jones, who was off-duty at the time. 

Police said Jones noticed shots coming from a car in a parking lot of Wilbert's Bar, following a fight.

He followed the car on foot as it went down East 9th Street, and called dispatch.

When a patrol unit pulled over the car, Jones shot Smith, after Police said he refused to get out of the car, and he reached for a weapon. 

Smith later died at Metroheath Medical Center. 

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