DA: Topeka officer justified in fatal shooting

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor says a Topeka police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man.

Reportedly Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor issued his findings Tuesday about the death of 56-year-old Daniel DeLong on July 29.

Taylor says the officer’s use of force was justified as both self-defense and the defense of others under Kansas law.

Police Chief Ron Miller said at the time that DeLong was shot after he ran at officers and other tenants of an apartment building with a knife. Three officers went to the apartment after managers said they were worried about DeLong’s behavior.

Miller said DeLong told the officers to go away, then opened his apartment door and ran out with a knife. DeLong died at the scene.

 

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