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News Tech: SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana police officers won’t be charged in the fatal shooting of a Black man because authorities determined they feared for their lives when he brandished what turned out of be a fake handgun during a tense standoff.

Kittrell, 51, was shot July 29 as he was reportedly dealing with mental illness and had been threatening to commit suicide near an elementary school in the northern Indiana city.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office said Dante Kittrell’s shooting was ruled a “justifiable homicide” under state law and the South Bend officers who shot him won’t face criminal charges.

During a police standoff, he pulled from his pocket what appeared to be a handgun but which was in fact an airsoft gun fashioned to appear like a Glock handgun and pointed it in the air and at the ground as officers ducked behind their vehicles, authorities said Wednesday in their report.

After Kittrell’s death, community groups called for mental health clinicians, not police, to respond to mental health calls.

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