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No charges against Columbus officers who killed teen homicide suspect

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A grand jury has cleared three Columbus, Ohio officers in the fatal police shooting of a teenage homicide suspect.

Authorities say 17-year-old Joseph Jewell opened a hotel room door and immediately fired on officers after police knocked on the door in February 2020 and announced their presence. They said officers returned fire and hit Jewell, who later died at a hospital. No officers were injured.

Franklin County Prosecutor Gary Tyack announced Monday that a grand jury declined to indict the officers.

Jewell was suspected in the shooting of another 17-year-old.