Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Feds: No Criminal Investigation Into Shooting Death of Kidnapper of Hannah Anderson

Posted By on Wed, May 7, 2014 at 11:06 AM

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Valley County Prosector have determined that there will be no federal or state prosecution in the wake of the shooting death of the man who kidnapped 16-year-old Hannah Anderson in August 2013.

Court documents revealed that James DiMaggio tortured Anderson's mother and 8-year-old brother before killing them in his home and kidnapping the 16-year-old Anderson, triggering a nearly weeklong manhunt in the backcountry of Idaho's Valley County.

DiMaggio was killed by multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest Aug. 10, 2013, after an FBI tactical team tracked him to North-Central Idaho.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and the Civil Rights Division announced today that they had concluded the evidence was insufficient to support a determination that there was a violation of federal criminal civil rights statutes and that a federal criminal investigation is unwarranted. Additionally, the Valley County prosecutor said the FBI Hostage Rescue Team agents "used reasonable force in defending themselves."

According to the report, when several agents got within approximately 100 yards of the subject, DiMaggio fired two rifle shots. Two agents, who could see DiMaggio and were directly within his firing line, said they believed DiMaggio was shooting toward them. The two agents returned fire, striking DiMaggio multiple times. A third agent found and safely removed Anderson from the scene.


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