Yuma police sergeant cleared in June fatal shooting

Yuma police sergeant cleared in June fatal shooting


YUMA, AZ- The Yuma police sergeant involved in a fatal shooting is back to work Monday after being placed on administrative leave for more than a month.

The Yuma Police Department says Sgt. Jeff Ruby has been cleared of any wrong-doing by the Yuma County Attorney's Office.

The 18 year veteran fatally shot Michael Shawn Cooper on June 6 at an apartment complex on the 2200 block of West 19th Street.

Police say Cooper was shot after he threw a five-foot spear and prompted a three-hour standoff.

Investigators say Sgt. Ruby fired his rifle twice, but only one of the bullets struck Cooper.

Cooper was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

The D.A.'s report declared the shooting "justified, reasonable and appropriate."

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