NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut state prosecutor has determined that the fatal shooting of a Stafford Springs man by a Wethersfield police officer in February was justified.

The report by New Britain State’s Attorney Brian Preleski includes evidence that 26-year-old Samuel McLeod was fighting with Officer Justin Lord for control of the officer’s gun when he was shot during the traffic stop on Feb. 1.

According to the report, Lord was attacked by McLeod after finding drugs during a search of the car and McLeod.

Part of the altercation was captured by a camera on Lord’s police cruiser, along with audio of the entire encounter.

An autopsy found cocaine in McLeod’s system along with a substance in his liver that is created when cocaine and ethyl alcohol are consumed together.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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