Officers Devon Smith, Sean Dolan, and Brian Devaney were charged with one count of voluntary manslaughter, one count of involuntary manslaughter, and ten counts of reckless endangerment. The officers shot 8-year-old Fanta Bility while attempting to engage two teens who opened fire during a dispute outside a suburban Pennsylvania high school football game.
As the officers fired at the vehicle where the initial shots rang, they struck four people in the process, including Fanta, whose injuries proved fatal.
“While I believe these defendants should be held accountable for starting the series of events that ultimately led to Fanta Bility’s death, developments during the grand jury investigation render it appropriate to withdraw these charges at this time,” said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer.
“From the moment the call came in on August 27, my team of investigators and prosecutors has worked tirelessly to achieve justice for Fanta and the other victims of that tragic night. Today’s charges are a big step forward in that process,” Stollsteimer said in the release.