Officers Won’t Be Charged For Man’s Death At Fire Checkpoint

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Four officers won’t face criminal charges for shooting and killing a man armed with a gun who tried to drive through a wildfire evacuation checkpoint near illegal Northern California marijuana farms last summer. The Siskiyou County district attorney on Tuesday exonerated the officers for the death of Soobleej Hawj near Big Springs. Authorities say Hawj, who was from Kansas City, Kansas, pulled a gun and had other guns and 132 pounds of pot in his pickup truck when he ignored orders at the checkpoint on June 24. The checkpoint was set up as the lightning sparked Lava Fire sparked forced thousands to flee.


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