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DA: Police were justified in fatal shooting of Pueblo man

October 12, 2018

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Officials ruled that officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a Pueblo man who led police on a cross-city chase.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports the 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office says Joe Delira-Alires was shot more than 30 times Jan. 22 after he fired numerous rounds at pursuing officers.

Delira-Alires was killed after police originally had been called by a woman described as an “ex” who said Delira-Alires had made threats to her and other occupants of her home before shooting his firearm multiple times outside of her residence.

District Attorney Jeff Chostner says the officers were justified in order to “defend themselves and each other from what they reasonably believed to be the imminent use of unlawful physical and deadly force” by Delira-Alires and “reasonably believed that a lesser degree of force would be inadequate.”

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Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com

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