Harrison County deputies cleared in shooting and killing man

A grand jury has cleared sheriff’s deputies who shot and killed a man last year.

The jury found Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputies acted appropriately when they shot and killed Ernie Lizana in Gulfport on February 5th, 2018.

Lizana had been charged with aggravated assault in another shooting two days before he was killed. Authorities said Lizana shot a woman in the throat and fled.

Investigators got a tip that Lizana was in Gulfport. Sheriff Troy Peterson said Lizana had started shooting at officers as they approached him.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations reviewed the shooting and provided the grand jury with the information it used in making the decision to clear the officers. The names of the officers were not released.

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