Prosecutors decline charges against 2 Seattle officers

SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors have declined to file charges against two former Seattle police officers who fired a barrage of gunshots at a fleeing car.

KOMO-TV reports King County prosecutors will not pursue charges against officers Kenneth Martin and Tabitha Sexton for the October 2017 shooting that wounded the driver and passenger in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood.

Prosecutors say the officers had a “good-faith belief that the vehicle posed an immediate risk to the officers and the public,” so the evidence does not support a criminal case.

Interim Police Chief Carmen Best terminated the officers last month, saying their actions were not reasonable, necessary or proportionate.

The Seattle Police Officers Guild says the two officers will be appealing their termination to an arbitrator.