A Warwick police officer was cleared by an Orange County grand jury Friday, after a fatal shooting this past summer on Wheeler Avenue.
Orange County DA David Hoovler said the grand jury issued a No Bill Finding, and the officer would not be criminally charged in the shooting death of Dwayne Clyburn back on June 16. At the time, Clyburn was 37 years old.
Acccording to the DA's office, Clyburn charged at officers while holding a steak knife. After refusing orders to drop it, he was shot three times.
Police had originally been responding to a domestic incident report, and later found Clyburn had injured someone at the address. Hoovler says an independent investigation by his own office found the officer justified in using deadly force.
"We looked at all the facts and circumstances, and clearly the officer acted reasonably given the circumstances, and particularly considering the fact the incident happened extremely quickly in very tight quarters. He was only at the door a few seconds before the incident escalated," Hoovler said.
The DA says there is no body camera footage from the incident, but there were multiple eyewitnesses.
Back in June, Hoovler reported Clyburn was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The district attorney said the officer was placed on administrative leave, while two investigations were completed. One was an internal investigation by the department, and the other was a crime-scene investigation by state police.