Officers cleared in shooting of Wyoming man holding hatchet
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Prosecutors say no charges will be filed against police officers after they shot a 26-year-old man wielding a hatchet in Rock Springs last week.
Sweetwater County Attorney Daniel Erramouspe says in a statement Monday that officers’ use of force was justified and they had “no other choice in their actions.”
The Rocket-Miner reports officers from the Rock Springs Police Department and Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office responded to a gas station to a report of a man striking vehicles with a hatchet.
Prosecutors say Austin Pacheco refused to drop the weapon and was about to throw the hatchet at an officer.
He was shot with bean bag ammunition and one shot from a handgun.
He remains in the hospital. His medical status wasn’t released.
Information from: Rock Springs (Wyo.) Rocket-Miner, http://www.rocketminer.com