CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A Cleveland police officer plead not guilty Tuesday in the death of an unarmed 18-year-old breaking-and-entering suspect.
Patrolman Alan Buford was charged after fatally shooting Brandon Jones near a Parkwood Avenue store in March 2015. He was indicted for negligent homicide Friday.
Buford and his partner, Patrolman Gregory King, had responded to a report of a break-in at the Parkwood Grocery and with guns drawn. Officials say they confronted Jones as he exited the store carrying a bag of stolen items including coins, cigars, and cigarettes.
Officials say Buford fired his weapon during the arrest, hitting Jones in the upper chest. It was a fatal shot.
"Based on the known evidence, our office recommended and the Grand Jury agreed that Officer Buford's conduct did not meet the U.S. Supreme Court's legal standards to justify a police officer's use of deadly force," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty.
City officials say he will remain on restricted duty within the Cleveland Division of Police pending the adjudication of the case.
Buford is currently out of jail on a personal bond. His pre-trial is set for Nov. 2.
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