BLYTHEVILLE — A prosecutor says a police officer who fatally shot a man in northeast Arkansas was justified in using deadly force.
Prosecutor Scott Ellington said in a letter dated Friday that he will not file criminal charges against Blytheville Police Officer Stephen Sigman.
Authorities say Sigman shot and killed Terrance Dawson of Blytheville in May.
Prosecutors say the shooting happened after police were called to a possible hostage situation.
Witnesses say Dawson had argued with his girlfriend and forced her by knifepoint to walk to his mother's home.
Ellington said in his letter that Sigman arrived and followed Dawson and Dawson's girlfriend into the home.
Ellington says Sigman grabbed the knife from Dawson and fired his gun.
Prosecutors say Dawson lunged at Sigman, who fired several more shots.