New Caledonia Police Officer Justified In Shooting Of Escapee

Public prosecutor closes investigation into fatal shooting in October

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 4, 2017) – The public prosecutor in New Caledonia has closed the investigation into last October's fatal shooting of a prison escapee William Decoire near Noumea.

The probe upheld the initial findings that the 23-year-old man was shot by a police officer acting in legitimate self-defence.

William Decoire was at the wheel of a stolen vehicle when he was stopped by police but was shot after trying to evade by running over an officer.

The incident was reconstructed with the testimony of ten people who were in the vehicle with William Decoire.

The prosecutor Alexis Bouroz said the young man had consumed a lot of alcohol and some cannabis.

The shooting triggered days of riots, roadblocks and armed unrest which left five police officers with gunshot injuries.

The violence subsided after a number of arrests and the killing of another prison escapee in a confrontation within his village.

Last month, William Decoire's mother had lodged a homicide complaint against unknown persons over her son's death.

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