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Orlando police detective cleared in fatal shooting of man

Posted at 3:25 PM, Dec 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-03 15:25:00-05

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Florida's State Attorney's Office cleared an undercover Orlando police detective who fatally shot a 37-year-old man in February.

The Orlando Sentinel ( ) reports State Attorney Jeff Ashton said Detective Yong Hall's fatal shooting of Izzy Colon was "justified and appropriate."

Ashton wrote in the clearance letter to Orlando Police Chief John Mina that Hall appears to have acted in self-defense when he shot Colon twice.

Hall says Colon raised a gun at him after Hall and Detective Amanda White, who were in plain clothes, drew their weapons and identified themselves as police upon hearing gunfire at a southeast Orlando apartment complex while coming to meet a drug informant.

Ricardo Caban told investigators that he and Colon had gone outside to shoot their guns at beer cans and into the air.