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Ex-deputy cleared in shooting caught on video

A former San Bernardino County, Calif., sheriff's deputy was aquitted of all charges Thursday in a videotaped shooting of an unarmed airman, authorities said.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A former sheriff's deputy was acquitted of all charges Thursday in the shooting of an Iraq war veteran that was captured on videotape and broadcast worldwide, authorities said.

Ivory J. Webb, 46, was found not guilty of attempted manslaughter and assault with a firearm for opening fire on Air Force Senior Airman Elio Carrion, said Susan Mickey, a district attorney's spokeswoman.

Carrion was a passenger in a car that crashed while being chased by Webb. Carrion testified at a preliminary hearing that he had been drinking at a barbecue to celebrate his recent return from Iraq.

On the video, Carrion can be heard swearing at Webb before the deputy tells him to "get up! get up!" Carrion was then shot. Carrion was shot in the chest, left leg and left shoulder.

A resident recorded the shooting, and the grainy footage was aired worldwide.