Bill Sadler with ASP said Thursday that prosecuting attorney Kyle Hunter requested state police to look into the "totality of all circumstances" surrounding a shootout with S.W.A.T. that killed Monroe Isadore.
Sadler said state police returned Hunter's request on Wednesday, stating that the department declined the request to investigate.
An explanation or reasoning for the decline has not been provided [SEE UPDATE BELOW].
Any attempt now to reassemble a crime scene, gather impartial statements from officers and witnesses who are already on record in the local investigation, and collect physical evidence that has been processed within a local chain of custody amounts to a style of investigation far outside accepted and sound law enforcement practices... .I do not believe this department can now assemble an investigation that is consistent with our standards of integrity and without causing further questions.
Any ancillary investigation of a 9-1-1 call, the initial law enforcement response, the interaction of law enforcement personnel with witnesses prior to the shooting, and the procedural process by which SWAT officers made a decision to enter a residence would not be applicable under the purview of the “use of deadly force” statutes.
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