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An Ontario review has cleared a Winnipeg police officer who shot and killed an aboriginal youth who refused to drop a screwdriver.

The report into the Jan. 31, 2005 fatal shooting of Matthew Dumas has recommended no charges be laid against the police officer involved.

The review by an Ontario Crown attorney was sent to Manitoba Justice officials earlier in the week.

Dumas, 18, was shot to death on a Winnipeg street while police tried to track down possible suspects in an earlier break-in.

Police say the officer fired when Dumas continued to walk toward him while carrying a weapon—a screwdriver—after being ordered to drop it.

Lawyer Hymie Weinstein said the officer was told yesterday about the Ontario decision.

“Naturally, he was relieved,” Weinstein said. “It came as no surprise to me that they said there is no justification for charges because the position always was that whatever he did, he did in self-defence—and had to use deadly force to protect himself.”

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