FREDERICK, Md. - A Frederick County grand jury cleared two Frederick city police officers Friday in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old Salvadoran immigrant.
State's Attorney Scott Rolle said the 23-member panel was satisfied that Dany W. Rosales pointed what appeared to be a .380-caliber Walther PPK handgun at the officers and that they shot him in self-defense on Sept. 30, Rosales' birthday. The gun turned out to be a look-alike BB pistol.
One of Rosales' friends had stated publicly that Rosales was unarmed and that officers James Martin and Michael Weaver had shot him as he obeyed their commands. Rolle said the evidence, including testimony from other witnesses, supported the police version of events.
"While the community gets to sit in judgment of this, I think the grand jury got to do that this morning, and they very clearly sent the message that our police officers acted appropriately in this particular case," Rolle said.