Grand jury clears officers in Newburgh police shooting

July 11, 2012 6:30:46 AM PDT
A grand jury has found that two Newburgh police officers acted in self-defense when they shot and killed a 22-year-old man.

Police say officers were trying to serve an arrest warrant on Michael Lembhard in March when he ran into his sister's house and grabbed a kitchen knife. Officials say that two officers fired 16 rounds at Lembhard after he lunged at them with the knife.

Orange County District Attorney Frank Phillips announced Tuesday that a grand jury determined that no criminal charges be filed against officers Nicholas Cardinale and Eric Henderson.

Lembhard's relatives told the Times Herald-Record of Middletown ( ) that the grand jury's decision backed up their belief that the district attorney's investigation was biased. Their lawyer said he expected to file a civil lawsuit soon.

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