The use of force by three Granite City Police Officers has been ruled justified by a grand jury according to Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons. Gibbons announced the verdicts Friday in the cases regarding a pair of officer involved shootings that occurred earlier this year.

On July 9th, officers Timothy Beard and Ryan Jones of the Granite City Police Department responded to an early morning 9-1-1 call at the Easy Stop service station on Edwardsville Road. Upon arrival, they located 45-year Stephen Minch in his vehicle. He pointed a loaded weapon at officers and refused to lower it as commanded before being fatally shot. The grand jury ruled the actions of officers Beard and Jones was fully lawful, reasonable and justified.

The grand jury also heard testimony regarding an officer involved shooting at a home in the 2440 block of Delmar on August 2nd. In that incident, officer Jason Shaefer and other responding deputies ordered 52-year old Thomas E. Noser to drop a knife, but he refused and charged at officers before being shot twice by officer Shaefer. The grand jury ruled that officer Shaefer's actions were fully lawful, reasonable and justified. It also returned a five-count indictment against Noser including charges of attempted 1st degree murder and aggravated domestic battery. Police say Noser battered his 76-year old mother and another family member with a baseball bat prior to being wounded by responding officers. He is being held in the Madison County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

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