The Johnson County district attorney has ruled that Olathe police officers did not violate Kansas law in the fatal shooting of a man last month outside a Wal-Mart store.
Walter Echols was fatally shot Nov. 27 outside a Wal-Mart near Santa Fe Street and Kansas 7.
Police said that Echols, 50, of Cypress, Texas, was armed with a blunt object during a disturbance outside the store.
One officer was struck by the object, and officers attempted to subdue Echols by nonlethal means before he was shot, according to police.
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District Attorney Steve Howe said Wednesday in a written statement that after reviewing reports of the county’s multijurisdictional team that investigates officer-involved shootings, he determined that the use of deadly force by officers was justified under Kansas law.