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Grand jury decides not to indict Canton officer involved in shooting

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Posted at 10:31 AM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 10:31:08-04

A Stark County grand jury has decided not to indict a Canton officer involved in the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man in May.

Hayden Stutz, 24, was shot and killed on 22nd Street NW on May 24.

Officers responded to the area after dispatch received a 911 hang up call. When the caller called back, he said he had asthma and requested an inhaler. He also said he had a gun in his possession.

When officers arrived, authorities say Stutz was holding his girlfriend by the neck against her will. He told the officers several times that he had a pistol but did not care what happened. 

Police said while they tried to get Stutz to release his girlfriend, he made several movements indicating he was going to inflict serious harm to her.

That's when an officer fired a single shot, striking Stutz in the head.

According to the Stark County Prosecutor's Office, on Thursday, a grand jury decided not to indict the officer involved.