A prosecutor says four Virginia Beach police officers won't face charges in the shooting deaths of two people inside a car on a store parking lot.
Commonwealth's Attorney Colin Stolle issued a report Wednesday declaring the September shooting justified. He said 35-year-old Angelo Delano Perry of Virginia Beach, a suspect in two murders, fired first at police. Perry and 28-year-old India Kager of College Park, Maryland, died in a hail of return gunfire.
Police didn't realize the couple's 4-month-old son was in the back seat until the shooting stopped. The infant and the officers were uninjured.
Stolle said police had received a tip that Perry was in town to kill someone. He said Perry was responsible for Kager's death because he put her in harm's way.
Kager's mother, Gina Best of Columbia, Maryland, said in the wake of the shootings that her daughter had been in Virginia Beach only a couple of hours before the shooting occurred.
"She was unarmed. She was completely innocent. They shot indiscriminately," Best told the Associated Press in a phone interview in September.
Kager had served in the Navy as a culinary specialist from 2009 to 2013 in Virginia Beach and in Pensacola, Florida, and was awarded a good conduct medal, the Navy said. Best said that shortly before the shooting, her daughter had gotten a job as a postal carrier in the D.C. area.
Kager played several musical instruments, and her father and grandfather are both retired police officers, Best said.