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Prosecutor declines to charge shooter in Sparta road-rage case

Kent County

A prosecutor says a man who fatally shot another during a road-rage dispute in western Michigan won't face criminal charges. The Grand Rapids Press reports Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said Friday that prosecutors couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the 43-year-old shooter didn't act in self-defense. The man had a valid license to carry a concealed weapon. Twenty-year-old Donald Dudley of Bailey died following the shooting in May near Sparta and his 18-year-old brother was seriously injured. The men were in a car driven by a 22-year-old woman. She initially fled after shots were fired but stopped and called 911. Becker wrote in a report that the brothers were the aggressor, with the altercation being "at least two-on-one." WOOD-TV reports the shooter told investigators he acted in self-defense.

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