4 DC Officers Who Fatally Shot Robbery Suspect Will Not Be Charged

Four D.C. police officers who shot and killed a robbery suspect on Christmas Eve 2014 will not face any charges, prosecutors announced Thursday.

Gregory Marcus Gray, 33, was shot after police said he ignored their commands to stop and pointed a handgun at them.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said Thursday there is "insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights or District of Columbia charges" against the officers.

According to prosecutors, Gray was the suspect in a robbery that took place Dec. 24, 2014 on the corner of 30th Street and Alabama Avenue SE. The officers found him three blocks away from the crime scene, and attempted to stop him. 

Gray ran from the officers, and ended up being positioned between the officers and an iron fence. Prosecutors said Gray then pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the officers. All four officers fired their weapons, killing Gray

Police first identified Gray as another man, but soon backtracked on that identification after the man called his mother to wish her a merry Christmas.

Gray's mother, Barbara Thomas, said after the shooting she had thought her son was missing before she was notified he was dead.

"I love my son," Thomas said. "He has a home, he has two kids. It's hard when you have to bury a child. I didn't think it was going to be this hard. [Mothers], grab your kids and hug them and love them."

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