CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Charleston police officers who shot and killed Brian Good and fellow officer Jerry Jones earlier this month won't be prosecuted, Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants said Monday.
Authorities wouldn't release the names of the officers at a news conference on Monday. The Charleston Gazette has reported that besides Jones, Charleston Patrolmen Christopher Burford and Owen Morris were the only officers to fire their guns at the scene where Good and Jones were killed.
Five other officers were at the scene either when Jones and Good were killed or arrived shortly afterward: Cpl. Travis Hawley and Patrolmen Duane Fields, Anthony Gaylor, Scott Layton and Robert Welsh.
All of those officers, including Burford and Morris, were placed on administrative leave after the Sept. 13 shooting. They were cleared to return to duty on Thursday, and all returned either Friday or Saturday, Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster said.
At a news conference Monday, Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said police acted correctly in killing Good and that Jones' death was accidental. Good's family repeatedly interrupted the news conference, calling his death a murder.
"If we would have let him go, if the Charleston Police Department would have let him go," and Good then killed someone, reporters would be questioning that, Rutherford said.
Police said they are still waiting on ballistics and autopsy results to finish the investigation.
"We want to bring this to a conclusion for the sake of the officers and their families," Rutherford said.
There were 16 shots fired during the incident - all within a few seconds, Rutherford said. Seven bullets hit Good and one hit Jones.
Another shot was discharged a short time later from Jones' gun, police said. The Gazette previously reported that Jones was hit twice, once in the arm by his own bullet. Police said that information was incorrect.
The sheriff said the officers involved are going through a terrible time already because of the events of that night.
"Nobody enjoys this situation. Nobody wins in this situation. Have we got to a point where we are so callous, so uncaring?" Rutherford said of releasing the names of the officers who fired shots.
"And then to be publicly chastised for what they did to their own friend? This is terrible," he said. It compounds the tragedy of the situation, Rutherford said.
"We're here to protect and serve people. It's absolutely horrible when it has to get to this point," Rutherford said.
Webster said he believes police have been extremely transparent.
He said there isn't much good that can come out of the public finding out who shot and killed Good and Jones, and doesn't believe there's much interest in finding that out.