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DA rules shooting sword-wielding man justified

By Staff
Published On: Dec 04 2012 11:52:45 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 05 2012 12:01:36 AM CST
DENVER, Colo. -

The Denver district attorney has ruled that a police officer who was injured by a suspect wielding a sword on a college campus in downtown Denver was justified for killing the man.

District Attorney Mitchell Morrissey said Tuesday that Auraria Campus police officer Robert Burnett was complying with state law when he shot and killed Jeffrey Musick on Nov. 10, after one of the officer's fingers was almost severed during a confrontation.

Morrissey says Burnett fired his gun to save his life and he is fortunate to have survived.