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Huntington Police officer cleared after shooting suspect in liquor store robbery

Huntington County's prosecutor determined officer responded reasonably and acted to protect himself when he shot a man accused of robbing Save On Liquor last month.

Posted: Jun 6, 2019 11:07 AM
Updated: Jun 7, 2019 8:35 AM

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WFFT) - A Huntington Police officer will return to duty after a review found he acted reasonably when he shot and wounded a robbery suspect during a confrontation last month. 

Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richardson found that Officer Darius Hillman committed no crimes and acted to protect himself and the community, Chief Chad Hacker said in a press release Thursday.

Hacker says Hillman, who has been on administrative leave since the May 25th shooting, will return to active duty. 

Hillman and other officers responded to an armed robbery call at the Save On Liquor on Parkmoor Drive just before midnight.

Hacker says Hillman was searching the area when he encountered the suspect, Anthony Willburn, who immediately ran. 

Hillman chased Willburn. Hacker says Hillman fired his weapon during an encounter with Willburn. Willburn was treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

Hillman has been with the police department for two years. 

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