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Justice Dept. considers civil case against Lima officer

Chavalia testifying during his criminal trial. (Photo courtesy the Lima News) Chavalia testifying during his criminal trial. (Photo courtesy the Lima News)

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LIMA, Ohio (AP) - Investigations into a Lima police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed woman during a drug raid aren't over yet.

The FBI has turned over its investigation of the shooting to the U.S. Justice Department for review.

Federal prosecutors will decide whether there is any reason to bring civil rights charges against the officer involved in the shooting.

Jurors in Lima cleared Sgt. Joseph Chavalia earlier this week of criminal charges in the January shooting of Tarika Wilson. Officers had been looking for Wilson's boyfriend, a suspected drug dealer.

Wilson's family hopes federal prosecutors will pursue a case against Chavalia.

A separate internal investigation also is under way by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

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