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Report: Manitowoc officer justified in using deadly force

January 5, 2019

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a Manitowoc police officer’s actions were justified when he shot and killed a man in September.

Officer Fielder Clark was responding to a fire alarm in Manitowoc when he was confronted by 25-year-old Bruce Smith, who was armed with what was later described as metal paint scraper. Authorities say Clark then shot Smith. He died at the scene.

Manitowoc County District Attorney Jacalyn LaBre says in a report released Friday that Clark was given very little time to make the decision to use deadly force and the officer’s “conduct was lawful.”

Manitowoc Police Chief Nick Reimer said Clark will be restored to active duty immediately. Reimer called the shooting a “tragedy all around.”

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