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    Grand Jury Clears 2 Cops Accused of Killing Traumatized Army Vet

    Grand Jury Clears 2 Cops Accused of Killing Traumatized Army Vet

    A state grand jury has cleared the two Newton police officers of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of Gulia Dale III, a retired U.S.  major and combat veteran who was shot dead by police on the night of July 4, 2021.

    The grand jury this week declined to indict Newton police officers Garrett Armstrong and Steven Kneidl for use of excessive , finding that the cops were justified in shooting Dale after he reached inside his pickup truck, grabbed a handgun, and pointed it toward them.

    Dale, 61, died in the hail of bullets that followed, and police recovered a .45 handgun next to him. The Attorney General's office released body camera video of the fatal encounter to the public and presented it to the grand jury, which officially cleared the officers of any crime.

    But Dale's family has always maintained that police didn't have to shoot, that his death was preventable if police had only treated him like an emotionally disturbed person and backed off. Instead of closing in on him, they should have backed off and talked him into surrendering, family members say.

    This wasn't a criminal call,” Dale's sister, Valerie Cobbertt, said referring to the initial 911 call that Dale's wife, Karen placed around 9:30 p.m. that night. “This was a call for help.”

    “My family is very disappointed that the grand jury chose not to indict,” Cobbertt said Thursday, adding that the family is considering…

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