AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors say an Aurora police officer was justified when he shot a man accused of pulling a gun as he ran from a traffic stop.

Arapahoe County District Attorney Jason Siers says he believes the officer feared for his life when he shot Natneal Gebretsadik in May.

The Aurora Sentinel reports ( ) Gebretsadik was one of four people in a car that officers pulled over for having a defective tail light. Police say they smelled marijuana and while they searched other passengers, Gebretsadik ran away.

Gebretsadik, who is accused of pulling a gun during a foot chase, was shot in the buttocks. He is facing an assault charge.

Gebretsadik's attorney told police his client had a gun but threw it away several seconds before he was shot. Investigators didn't turn up any evidence backing that claim.


Information from: The Aurora Sentinel,