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Flint bank security guards cleared in deadly shooting

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(02/06/13) - Two bank security guards, who shot and killed an armed man last month, will not be charged.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton determined the shooting was justified.

Flint Police say 52-year-old Michael Brown raised his gun at them, refused to drop it and had likely robbed the same branch two times before.

He was shot and killed, the morning of Jan. 25, inside of the Corunna Road Chase Bank branch.

"The security guards were not only justified in their actions but they are to be commended for their bravery and quick action in stopping an immediate and deadly threat to the safety and lives of bank personnel and customers," says Leyton.

Leyton says surveillance cameras captured the moments leading up to the shooting including Brown walking in wearing a long coat and full, face mask. 

The video also showed the two security officers were continuously watching the front doors in the minutes leading up to Brown's entrance. 

Leyton says the guards motioned for Brown to remove his mask, but instead he pulled a long gun from under his coat.  The security guards then pulled their handguns and fired shots at Brown who immediately collapsed in the vestibule entryway.

"Their alertness to the suspect as he crossed the street and approached the bank in a suspicious manner prepared them to meet the threat head on and in a decisive, appropriate, and legally justified manner," says Leyton.

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