State Says Virginia Police Officer Justified in Shooting Man

A Virginia police officer was justified in shooting a man after police responded to a call of shots fired last December, authorities said.

The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney said in a statement issued Tuesday the Alexandria police officer reasonably feared for his life and fired his weapon in what the office termed "justified self-defense."

Officers encountered an individual with a firearm on Dec. 2, 2018, and shot him, Alexandria police said.

Police identified the shooting victim as 28-year-old Michael Ligon. He is charged with multiple offenses, including attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer.

Ligon is being held in the Alexandria Adult Detention Center as he awaits trial. It couldn't be determined Wednesday if Ligon has an attorney representing him.

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