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Officer cleared in shooting of boy, 13, in the north of Indiana

ELKHART, Ind. – A northern Indiana prosecutor says that a railroad police officer will not face any criminal charges for firing shots that injured a 13-year-old boy who led police on a car chase.

Elkhart County Prosecutor Vicki Becker announced Thursday that a grand jury decided to clear Norfolk Southern officer Kyle Perry for his actions in the May 7 shooting. Becker says the teen was wounded in the shoulder and was admitted to the hospital for a night.

Becker says the boy was a runaway who rode in a stolen car at an Elkhart officer tried to stop the vehicle for dangerous driving. The teenager led the police on a 2km pursuit and the railway officer was assisting an officer in the block of the car when the driver accelerated backward toward him.

Becker says Perry fired seven shots.

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