Prosecutor: Martinsville Police Shooting Justified

June 15, 2010

A prosecutor says the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man by a Martinsville police officer was justified.

A report released Monday by Henry County Commonwealth's Attorney Bob Bushnell says Officer Douglas Graham didn't have a choice after 61-year-old Donald Barry Minter threatened another officer with a knife.

The April 29 shooting followed a chase that began when Minter threatened a supermarket clerk. Police used stun guns several times but they didn't affect Minter.

Minter's brother, David Minter of Axton, says he had a "brilliant mind" but struggled with mental illness for most of his life. David Minter says he understands Bushnell's decision to not charge Graham or three other officers involved in the confrontation.

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