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Prosecutors clear Flagstaff officer in fatal shooting

July 4, 2019

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Coconino County Attorney’s Office has concluded a Flagstaff officer was justified in fatally shooting a Boise, Idaho, man who attacked him with knives.

Flagstaff police announced Wednesday that a Coconino County Attorney’s Office’s report determined prosecutors won’t pursue criminal charges against Officer Tyler Romney in connection with the February 2019 shooting of 47-year-old Henry Harold Russell.

Officials say they came to the conclusion after reviewing Romney’s body camera.

Authorities say Russell approached two officers with a knife in each hand. The officers were leaving a community mental health center on an unrelated call.

Police say Romney ordered Russell to drop the knives. Officials says Romney then fired his weapon, hitting Russell

Russell was transported to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

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