AG clears NYPD officer in fatal Yonkers shooting

The state Attorney General's Office has cleared a New York City police officer of any wrongdoing in connection with the fatal shooting of a suspect

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Officer Garthlette James was justified in shooting Miguel Espinal in 2015.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Officer Garthlette James was justified in shooting Miguel Espinal in 2015. (12/22/16)

YONKERS - The state Attorney General's Office has cleared a New York City police officer of any wrongdoing in connection with the fatal shooting of a suspect following a wild car chase that ended in Yonkers.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the decision Wednesday, saying the use of force was justified and forensic evidence corroborated Officer Garthlette James's account of the December 2015 shooting.

Police say they tried to stop a sedan driven recklessly by Miguel Espinal, 36, of Queens, but he fled the scene and ended up going the wrong way on the Saw Mill River Parkway.

After Espinal crashed into several vehicles, police chased him on foot into Tibbetts Brook Park.

The AG's report says that during a struggle over James's gun, Espinal reached for the firearm and was fatally shot by the officer.

The office says a review of the evidence did not show the officer was at fault.

AP wires were used in this report

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