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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 02/19/2010

Officer will not be charged in shooting

By Washington Post editors

The Fairfax County police officer who shot a mentally ill Herndon area man in his basement will not be charged with a crime, Crime Scene is reporting.

Officers were trying to take Ian C. Smith, 25, into custody after he had shown the handle of a gun to his mother and sister. Fairfax police said they thought Smith was asleep, but when they went to the basement, he reportedly pointed a gun -- now known to be a plastic BB gun -- at an officer.

The officer heard "click click click," and thought a trigger was being pulled and shot Smith in the chest and the stomach.

By Washington Post editors  | February 19, 2010; 12:02 PM ET
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