Ohio SWAT officer cleared in fatal shooting of hostage-taker

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RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police officer and member of a regional SWAT team has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a man holding a woman hostage in February.

The Record-Courier reports the Portage County prosecutor has sent a letter to Kent’s police chief saying Hudson police Sgt. Kevin Gahagan was justified in shooting 27-year-old Christopher Carter in a basement laundry room at an apartment complex in Kent.

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Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said in the letter the SWAT team negotiated with Carter for eight hours while he held a 23-year-old woman hostage.

Vigluicci says officers entered the laundry room when it appeared the woman was in “imminent danger,” with Carter holding a knife to her throat.

Gahagan, the first officer inside the laundry room, shot Carter once in the neck.

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