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Belding Officer Cleared in Slaying During Shootout

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BELDING, Mich. (AP) - A 15-year police veteran has been cleared in the death of a mid-Michigan man during a shootout last month.
    
State police Lt. Kevin Sweeney tells MLive.com for a story Thursday that the Ionia County prosecutor determined the January 5 slaying of 55-year-old Bernard Rowley was justified.
    
Police have said Rowley fired shots outside the Belding Police department, shattering the window of a police cruiser.
    
An officer inside the building heard the gunshots, went outside and saw a man getting into a van. The officer followed the van, called for backup and was assisted by a state trooper.
    
When they stopped the van, Rowley got out and began shooting at the patrol cars. The Belding officer returned fire, killing Rowley.
    
The officer's name was not released.

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