No Charges to be Filed Against Officer in Fatal St. James Shooting

No charges will be filed against a St. James Police Officer who fatally shot a man at a Casey’s Store back in January.


The Washington County Attorney’s Office is declining to issue criminal charges against Assistant Chief Rochelle Hanson involving the death of Gilberto Salas on Jan. 31st 2018.


A statement from the County Attorney’s Office says Officer Hanson was justified in using deadly force against Salas during the incident.


Back on January 31st, Hanson was responding to a pursuit and car theft and found the suspect at the store in St. James.


Authorities say Salas was holding an unfolded knife and backed Hanson down almost two aisles in the store despite being warned several times that she would shoot him if he did not drop the knife.


She then fired her weapon four times until Salas went down.


The statement also said witnesses and taser audio back up the statements from Officers that repeatedly warned Salas to drop the knife and get on the floor.