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February 14, 2019

Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Barstow Justified

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office has completed its review of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Jeffrey Sprowl of Barstow by Detective Thomas Lewis of the Barstow Police Department on November 6, 2017.     

Based on the facts presented in the reports and the applicable law, the use of deadly force by all involved officers was a proper exercise of their rights of self defense and defense of others and therefore their actions were legally justified.  

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