Prosecutor: Police justified in fatally shooting suspect in Virginia

Prosecutor: Police justified in fatally shooting suspect in Virginia

The Albemarle County (Va.) Commonwealth's Attorney's Office released its findings Friday evening. (Photo: MGN Online)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — 

Prosecutors say police in Charlottesville, Virginia, were justified in the fatal shooting of a suspect fleeing from a sex assault on a 72-year-old woman.

The Daily Progress reports that the Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office released its findings Friday evening.

The report found 32-year-old J.C. Hawkins of Charlottesville twice pointed a gun at officers during a foot chase in which Hawkins waded into a river while shouting "Kill me!"

The shooting occurred Oct. 13, when police responded to a 911 call from the assault victim and saw Hawkins, who fit the victim's description.