Boston Police Commissioner Statement Regarding District Attorney's Decision on Fatal 2016 Police-Involved Shooting

Said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans on the District Attorney's decision that the evidence and law do not support criminal charges against the Boston police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Terrence Coleman on October 30, 2016:

"The decision to use lethal force is unquestionably the most difficult and distressing choice any police officer has to make. After a thorough, independent investigation by the DA's office, it was reaffirmed that my officers were faced with a situation that required the use of deadly force to protect not only themselves but also the Boston EMS personnel who initially responded to the call. My thoughts and prayers remain with the Coleman family and with my officers who were forced to make a very difficult decision."