Mississippi jury clears deputy who fatally shot teen in 2017

GULFPORT, Miss. - A jury in Mississippi has found no wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a teenage boy by a sheriff's deputy in 2017.

News outlets report the Harrison County grand jury released its decision Monday in the shooting of 15-year-old Seth William Johnson at his home in November. A partial report from the jury says it regrets the "unfortunate incident" but finds no criminal conduct was involved by the county sheriff's department.

Sheriff Troy Peterson had said Johnson was shot in the chest after deputies had been called out on a complaint that he had stolen a vehicle. Peterson said Johnson had a knife when deputies confronted him. Johnson died at a hospital. The deputy's name was not released.

Peterson said no one else was injured.


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