DENVER (AP) — The Denver district attorney has decided a police officer was justified in shooting a man who fled and barricaded himself inside a house because the man shot at the officer first.

The Denver Post reported Wednesday that 23-year-old Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez was shot three times in an exchange of gunfire with a Denver police officer in November. Venzor-Gonzalez was able to escape the pursuing officer, seeking refugee inside an Aurora house.

Officers found Venzor-Gonzalez at the house two days after the gunfire exchange, leading to an hourslong standoff.

Venzor-Gonzalez was taken into custody with gunshot wounds to his left arm, right thigh and right foot.

District Attorney Beth McCann says the officer was forced to make a split-second decision.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com