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Utah prosecutor: Shooting by officer was legally justified

August 31, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake County’s district attorney says a South Salt Lake police officer who shot at two burglary suspects inside a car that fatally ran over another officer last December won’t be prosecuted.

District Attorney Sim Gill said Officer Carson Aprato’s gunfire was legally justified because the officer believed deadly force was necessary to prevent death or serious injury of himself or Officer David Romrell.

Romrell was killed as he and Aprato fired at the car driven by Felix Anthony Calata, who was killed. Jeffery Black, a passenger in the car, was injured when it crashed.

Black awaits trial on charges of felony murder, burglary and other crimes.

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