The State Attorney's Office says they are clearing a Panama City police officer of any wrong-doing for his involvement in a shooting.
In April, dash-cam video captured 40-year-old Clifton McKinney charging at a police officer with a machete. Police said they made repeated attempts to get him to drop the knife, but he refused.
Police then tased McKinney, but had to resort to deadly force after he failed to comply. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement then conducted an investigation that was later reviewed by the State Attorney's office.
Chief Assistant State Attorney Greg Wilson says this case clearly shows that all officers involved acted appropriately and attempted to use less than lethal measures. "He was committing an aggravated assault because he was charging at the officer with a deadly weapon, the machete. Officers are completely justified in using any force, up to and including deadly force to prevent that from happening and they did."
In addition to the video, the FDLE used McKinney's record to determine if the acts were justified. Public records provided by police show more than 14 calls to McKinney's address since 2009.