No charges in McPherson County shooting

A deputy fired a shot during a confrontation

No charges will be filed in an officer-involved fatal shooting in McPherson County in August. 

McPherson County Attorney Gregory Benefiel announced Tuesday that a county deputy who fired the shot that killed 24-year-old William Holmes reasonably believed that another officer was in serious danger. 

The shooting occurred after a chase started in Newton when police responded to a burglary call. The vehicle eventually was disabled near Moundridge. Benefiel says Homes and a passenger yelled obscenities at officers and Holmes yelled ``shoot me.'' 

Benefiel said officers unsuccessfully used non-lethal means such as bean-bags and a Taser to try and subdue Holmes.  Benefiel said Holmes eventually was shot while trying to gain possession of a Newton officer's gun during a struggle. 

The Newton officer suffered minor injuries. 

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