CARROLLTON, Mo.—A 69-year-old Carrollton man has been formally charged after the August 27, 2016, officer-involved shooting that critically wounded the resident.
Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Cassandra Brown announced today she has completed her investigation into the shooting and has determined the use of force by the officer was justified under Missouri law.
The press release can be found here.
According to Brown, two Carrollton Police Department Officers responded to 311 East 3rd Street August 27, 2016, to discuss a dog that had been taken to the Carrollton City Dog Pound. Officers parked their patrol cars a short distance west of the residence and approached on foot.
The first Officer acknowledged Blair by name, who was standing in the front yard of the residence. The Officer asked Blair what he had in his hand, to which he replied, “a pistol.” Both Officers began issuing voice commands for Blair to drop his pistol, which he failed to do.
Blair started to move his arm toward the Officers. The first Officer fired his handgun at Blair, who then fell to the ground. Two rounds struck Blair.
Although the Officer employed deadly force, Blair was not killed, though he was seriously wounded and is still being treated.
The use of force by the officer was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control.
Prosecutor Brown said that law enforcement officer may use deadly force when he or she reasonably believes that such deadly force is necessary to protect himself, or herself or another against death, serious physical injury, or any forcible felony. She said that under the clear facts of this case the deadly force by the Officer met that standard and his use of force was justified.
As a result of the events surrounding the shooting, Prosecutor Brown has charged David William Blair with one class C felony count of assault on a law enforcement officer in the second degree, and one felony count of armed criminal action.
A class C felony is punishable by a term in prison of 2 to 7 years and the felony of armed criminal action by a term in prison of not less than 3 years.
These charges are merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
KMZU has filed a formal request for the release of the body camera footage on Oct. 7, 2016.