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Youngstown police officer cleared in shooting at man, gets reprimand

Published: Thu, September 1, 2011 @ 7:07 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A city police officer who shot at a man’s feet in August has been cleared of any wrongdoing, but he has received a reprimand and must undergo weapons training.

The Youngstown Police Department’s internal affairs division determined Officer Dan Mikus followed the deadly-force policy when he pulled his gun and fired a shot at Raymond Spires on Aug. 12. The reprimand and training are because Mikus fired at the man’s feet.

“Although implementation of use of force was justified, the manner in which the force was applied was unconventional for police firearms training. Implementing deadly force in this fashion could have broadened the danger to yourself and the public,” said a letter to Mikus from Brian Butler of internal affairs.

The investigation determined that Mikus believed he was in danger and needed to protect himself, but firing at the advancing man’s feet was not a suitable course of action. The letter did not outline specifically where Mikus should have aimed when firing his weapon.

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