No charges for Kokomo Police officer who fatally shot female robbery suspect at gas station

A 17-year-old girl was fatally shot during an alleged armed robbery Friday evening.
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A Kokomo Police officer will not face charges in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl during a convenience store robbery attempt.

Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann announced his decision Friday. McCann says the officer, a ten-year veteran, acted "reasonably and in self-defense" when he shot Shelly L. Haendiges.

"Officer Roy Smith responded with lethal force only when Ms. Haendiges aimed her weapon at him," McCann said. "The Kokomo Police Department conducted a thorough and professional investigation. It is clear that the officer's actions were justified."

Shelly Haendiges was shot on Friday, June 12, 2015, inside the Casey's General Store at 1502 S. Dixon Road. Police were called to the scene on a report that the store was being robbed by a woman with a handgun.

After arriving at the scene, Officer Smith saw Haendiges pointing a gun at the store clerk. Smith ordered Haendiges to drop her weapon, but instead, police say she pointed it at the officer. 

Officer Smith fired two shots, striking Haendiges twice. 

It was later determined that the handgun was a C02 powered pellet gun, but police say that could only be determined by looking at the bottom of the magazine where there is a C02 port. The pellet gun also had the words -'Law Enforcement Use Only'" stamped on the slide and the design was consistent with that of a Beretta style firearm.