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Prosecutor won't charge Grandview officers in shooting death of man armed with swords

Posted at 11:57 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-29 06:41:42-05

GRANDVIEW, Mo. — A months-long investigation into a deadly shooting involving Grandview Police officers did not find evidence to support criminal charges against the officers.

The ruling by the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office was revealed Wednesday night in a letter to Grandview Police Chief Charles Iseman posted on the prosecutor's website.

The shooting occurred on July 1, 2018, at a home in Grandview.

Police were sent to the home of Larry San Nicolas, who was in an agitated state possibly due to a lack of insulin and consumption of alcohol, according to the letter.

Officers knew San Nicolas might be armed with swords.

He came out of the house with 29.5-inch swords and refused officers' commands to drop them.

San Nicolas approached the officers with the swords in his hand and one officer shot him twice with beanbag rounds.

Those rounds did not stop San Nicolas's advance on the officers, according to the letter.

A second officer fired his rifle five times, striking San Nicolas in the hand, chest and groin.

He died shortly after at a hospital.

The letter ends with the following statement:

"The testimony of the officers who had the most direct vantage point of the shooting, the physical evidence, as well as audio and video footage support the narrative of the shooting officer. While the shooting officer's actions resulted in the loss of life of a loving husband and father who was in need of service, the evidence does not support the filing of criminal charges against either officer who acted within the limits of the law.''