Hamilton officer cleared in fatal shooting during January traffic stop
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HAMILTON – A coroner's inquest found Tuesday that HamiltonPolice Officer Ross Jessop was justified in shooting Raymond Thane Davis to death after the Hamilton man opened fire during a late-night traffic stop in January.
It took a six-woman jury one hour to make its ruling following nearly five hours of testimony, which included a video that showed Davis pointing a pistol inches from Jessop's face and pulling the trigger.
The click of the revolver's hammer hitting a previously fired round was audible in the recording.
Davis fired a second time as the officer fell back and drew his own weapon. Jessop fired his pistol 14 times into Davis' vehicle as it sped away.
One round hit Davis, 36, in the back and he died at the scene.Davis' .41 caliber revolver was recovered from the floorboard of his vehicle. Its hammer was cocked and ready to fire.
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