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Austin police to fire officer who fatally shot nude teen

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A police chief in Texas says he’s firing an officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked 17-year-old last month.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said Monday that he’s indefinitely suspending Officer Geoffrey Freeman.

Freeman’s lawyers with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas say they will appeal.

Acevedo says that means the indefinite suspension then would not become a firing unless it’s upheld by an arbitrator.

Acevedo says the indefinite suspension was issued because of policy violations that occurred in the shooting of David Joseph on Feb. 8. An autopsy released late last week showed he had an anti-anxiety drug and marijuana in his system at the time of the shooting.

Joseph was black, as is Freeman.