Officers cleared

Grand jury returns No True Bill in shooting

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Mark Sawaf

A grand jury has returned a No True Bill decision concerning the officer involved shooting which resulted in the death of Mark Sawaf.

According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, on Sept. 19, Kentucky State Police Sgt. Jason Joseph presented the findings of the officer involved shooting investigation conducted by KSP Post 10 Harlan to the Harlan County Grand Jury. The grand jury voted for a No True bill against all officers involved.

Sawaf was shot and killed in an alleged altercation with law enforcement in the Woodland Hills community.

According to previous reports, Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said personnel from KSP Hazardous Devices, KSP Post 10, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Lexington City Police Department Hazardous Devices Unit and the Lexington City Fire Department Arson Investigation Unit were in Harlan doing a follow-up investigation involving explosives found earlier this year.

Jacobs also said as a result of an ongoing investigation and safety concerns for the public, the ATF, KSP Hazardous Devices Unit, and KSP Post 10 transported Sawaf back to Harlan County to aid in locating remaining improvised explosive devices. It was determined more of these devices had been deployed in wooded areas near the city of Harlan by Sawaf. Due to such an expanded area and large scale operation, the ATF requested the assistance of the Lexington Police Department Hazardous Devices Unit, Lexington Fire Department-Fire Investigation Unit, and KSP Hazardous Devices Unit. Several improvised explosive devices were located and destroyed at the scene. During the operation, Sawaf attempted to flee custody at which time an altercation occurred with Sawaf and members of the ATF (Special Agent Todd Tremaine), Lexington Police Department Hazardous Devices Unit (Lt. Matt Greathouse) and Lexington Fire Department- Fire Investigator Unit (Capt. Brad Dobrzynski).

“As a result of the altercation Capt. Dobrzynski from the Lexington Fire Department utilized deadly force by firing his weapon,” Jacobs said.

Sawaf was pronounced dead at the scene by Harlan County Deputy Coroner Jim Rich.

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Grand jury returns No True Bill in shooting

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