Newburgh police officer cleared in deadly force shootingPosted: Updated:
An Orange Country grand jury decided Tuesday not to bring charges against a Newburgh police officer who fatally shot a man after a routine traffic stop.Orange County DA Frank Phillips says Police Officer William Lahar did what he had to do when he shot 23-year-old Antonio Bryant. The police say Bryant jumped out of the back of a vehicle after they pulled the SUV over on October 23. Bryant allegedly ran from the officers, but not before police say he fired at them. Investigators say Bryant managed to keep shooting as he was being chased, firing six shots in all. Lahar returned fire, striking Bryant in the arm and head.DA Phillips says the grand jury decided it was Bryant who set in motion the chain of events that led to his death. Bryant had recently been released from jail after serving time for manslaughter. His family is calling for an independent investigation into the shooting.