A grand jury has ruled Mississippi police officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a 37-year-old man whose weapon turned out to be a BB gun.

Biloxi Police Chief John Miller says Wesley Sheppard of Biloxi had shot out a window in a vehicle with children and refused police orders to drop his weapon March 10.

Miller tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/2aj0zSa) Wednesday that Sheppard was hit by two bullets from about 50 yards as three officers fired.

Miller released details of the shooting after a Harrison County grand jury ruled Monday the officers' actions were justifiable.

Miller said investigators learned the weapon was a BB gun, though it looked like a long gun to witnesses and responding officers.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was called in for an independent probe, a standard police procedure.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com