Back in March, a New Hope, Pennsylvania officer shot an unarmed man during a tussle after mistaking his gun for his taser. According to the Bucks County district attorney’s office, the unidentified officer will not face charges and the shooting was “neither justified, nor criminal, but was excused.”
District Attorney Matthew Weintrau said in a statement:
“Weintraub said the law excuses the shooting officer’s conduct from criminal prosecution because of his ‘honest but mistaken’ belief he was deploying his Taser at the time he discharged his service weapon
Weintrau added that the wounded man, Brian Riling, was hospitalized in critical condition for several days after being shot in the stomach but has since been released. Meanwhile, the officer was placed on paid administrative leave and retired from the department. The investigation is still ongoing.