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New Jersey Officer Cleared in Deadly Shooting Following Shoplifting

LaShanda Anderson was shot and killed during a June shoplifting incident Deptford Crossing shopping center.

What to Know

  • LaShanda Anderson was shot and killed during a June shoplifting incident Deptford Crossing shopping center.
  • The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office had reviewed the actions of the Deptford Police sergeant who fatally shot Anderson.
  • Two other people who were allegedly with Anderson at the store were arrested and face various charges.

A grand jury has cleared a New Jersey police officer in the shooting death of a Philadelphia woman who allegedly drove an SUV toward him while fleeing a shoplifting.

The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office made the announcement Thursday. It had reviewed the actions of the Deptford Police sergeant who fatally shot 36-year-old LaShanda Anderson after he responded to a shoplifting incident at a shopping center in June.

Authorities say Anderson tried to run over two officers with her car as she fled. The sergeant then fired his weapon, striking Anderson twice.

AP Photo/Carlos Giusti
Photo of LaShanda Anderson

Two other people who were allegedly with Anderson at the store were arrested and face various charges.

The officer involved is a 19-year police veteran. He had been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation.

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