Officer cleared in shooting of teen

CINCINNATI (AP) — A prosecutor says a suburban Cincinnati police officer was justified when he fired his gun and wounded a 16-year-old alleged armed robber last spring.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters said in a letter that the Colerain Township officer didn't break any laws when he fired his gun and hit the 16-year-old gun-wielding suspect in the hand on March 28. The teen recovered and was jailed.

The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports that the shooting occurred as officers were trying to arrest suspects in two armed robberies in the township.

The officer, who wasn't named by the township, went back to work after 72 hours. The shooting was investigated by the Cincinnati police homicide unit and county prosecutors.