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Officers involved in fatal January shooting in Danville will not be charged

Danville commonwealth attorney released his findings Friday

DANVILLE, Va. – The Danville police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man at a home in January will not face charges.

On Friday, Danville commonwealth attorney Michael Newman released his report on the officer-involved shooting.

Richard Towler was shot and killed, according to the report, after coming out of the home at 1069 Halifax Road and firing multiple rounds from a shotgun at the police officers who had responded to the home for a report of someone being shot at.

READ THE COMPLETE REPORT

When investigators went into the home after Towler was shot, they found a woman, Crystal Averett, dead.

READ TOWLER'S AUTOPSY

The report states that "(b)oth physical evidence and witness accounts prove Towler shot and killed" her. 


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