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July 6, 2015

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Startled Metro officer fires at man in eastern valley

Shooting location

A Metro Police officer fired at a man Tuesday evening after being startled while responding to reports of a possible prowler in an eastern valley neighborhood, authorities said today. The man wasn't struck and no one was injured.

Police said officers responded to the 3900 block of Cherokee Avenue about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and made contact with a person who reported the prowler. The officers were speaking to the person in front of an abandoned residence when a man appeared while climbing over a wall, police said.

An officer was startled by the man and fired one shot, missing him, police said.

The man was detained and other officers responded to conduct an investigation of the shooting. Investigators interviewed the man and determined he was not a prowler; he was taking a shortcut in the neighborhood when confronted by the officers.

He was not armed and was released, police said. No charges were filed.

Metro will release the name of the officer after 48 hours, which is standard department policy.

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