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Officer involved shooting ruled justified

Published On: May 21 2014 03:43:55 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 03 2014 10:58:37 AM CDT

Victim survives; incident being investigated by District Attorney's Office.


The 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office says a Colorado Springs Police Officer was justified in shooting a man on May 20, 2014.

The incident happened in the 6600 block of Summer Grace Street around 11 p.m.

Police went to the home to check on Laurence Rowley, 43, after receiving a tip that he claimed he had killed his family's dog, was making threats toward other family members in Colorado Springs and threatened to shoot anyone who came to the house.

An officer called Rowley, who demanded to know who called police. When officers refused to identify the tipster, Rowley became angry and hung up the phone.

The DA's office says that the second time the officer called Rowley, he answered and said “I’m sorry I have to do this" while at the same time opening the garage door and walking out with a gun in his hand. The DA's office says he was in a "shooting stance."

The report says Rowley pointed a gun directly at an officer. Officers ordered him to drop the weapon. Rowley ignored the commands and the officer who he was pointing the gun at shot Rowley in the left shoulder.

The DA's office says that Colorado law provides that an officer is justified in using deadly force if he or she determines it's necessary to protect themselves or someone else and that this shooting was justified under that law.


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