Prosecutor: two fatal police shootings justified

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Police used justifiable force when they shot and killed two men in separate incidents in the past four months, the prosecutor ruled Tuesday.
Officers acted in self-defense when they shot and killed John Tremko on Nov. 10 at the University of Akron and Ronald A. Jackson on Jan. 8 at the home that he formerly shared with his girlfriend, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said.
"In both instances, Akron police officers' use of force was
justified," she said.
Tremko, 47, a former campus janitor who had been treated for paranoid schizophrenia in 2000, was shot and killed when he moved with a handgun toward an officer during a 10-hour standoff at the university.
Jackson, who previously had been hospitalized with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, was killed while holding his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint. She had already been beaten and cut on the back.
Both men ignored police orders to drop their weapons, Walsh
said.
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