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No charges in fatal shooting of Irma evacuee in the hospital

HUNTERSVILLE, N. C. – A North Carolina prosecutor would not charge police officer fatally shot a 76-year-old evacuee of Hurricane Irma after the man fired into a hospital, where he sought treatment.

The two officers who shot Joseph Charles Cook of Deland, Florida were responding to an active shooter in a hospital, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather said Thursday.

Merriweather’s report includes security camera photographs with the Cooking wearing a hospital gown and wearing what looks like a small gun in a hallway. The prosecutor said Cook had already fired two shots in his room at Novant Health Medical Center in Huntersville.

Huntersville police officers Travis Watts and Michael Joseph said, shooting Cook at least eight times at a nurse station.

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