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Actions of police officer who shot man ruled justified

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Posted at 4:19 PM, Dec 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-18 18:19:43-05

SALT LAKE CITY – Officials have ruled that a Salt Lake City Police Department officer who shot a man in November was justified in his actions.

Officers responded to the suspect’s home on Nov. 29 after receiving reports the man was threatening to burn down the residence.

The man would not come outside when officers arrived, and police said they could smell natural gas. When officers went inside the man was holding an object they believed to be a knife, and when the man lunged at an officer an officer fired one shot.

The man was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday they had determined the officer’s actions were justified.