No indictment of dragged police officer who killed driver

COLUMBUS (AP) — An Ohio police officer who fatally shot a man during a traffic stop and attempted arrest a year ago after being dragged alongside a vehicle won’t face criminal charges in the matter.

The Franklin County prosecutor says a grand jury this week considered the shooting by Columbus Officer Nicholas Mason and didn’t issue an indictment.

Authorities say a vehicle was stopped because of an outstanding warrant last April, and Mason tried to remove 32-year-old Jason Christian from the car. Police said Christian tried drive away and dragged the officer, who reacted by firing at Christian.

The driver was pronounced dead at a hospital. Mason suffered an arm injury and bruises.

Mason had been with the department for over a decade.

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