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MACON, Ga. (AP) -- A police shooting review board has unanimously ruled the fatal shooting of a man outside a grocery store was justified.

Sammie Davis Jr. was fatally shot by a Macon police officer in late December after the two were involved in a physical confrontation. The officer was responding to a report of panhandling in the store's parking lot at the time.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney have both already determined the shooting was justified. Authorities have said Davis lunged at the officer and caused a gash on his neck.

Deputy Police Chief Mike Carswell says the department now considers the case closed. Davis' family says they plan to take the case to the U.S. Department of Justice to determine if the man's civil rights were violated.

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