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Ohio officer in SWAT shooting returns to work

A Montgomery County sheriff's investigation found the officer had not violated department rules. A Montgomery County sheriff's investigation found the officer had not violated department rules.

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - A northwest Ohio police officer cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman during a drug raid will return to work Monday.

A jury cleared Lima Police Sgt. Joseph Chavalia of criminal charges in the death of 26-year-old Tarika Wilson. A Montgomery County sheriff's investigation found he had not violated department rules.

Police Chief Greg Garlock says Chavalia will be assigned to a red light camera project and other organizational work but will not return to the SWAT team. He has been on paid leave since the January shooting.

The 52-year-old officer testified that he thought his life was in danger when he shot Wilson, who was in a bedroom with her six children. Her boyfriend was the target of the raid. Wilson's family has filed a lawsuit against the 30-year police veteran and the city.

-- Information from: The Blade

Source: Associated Press

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