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Colorado Springs police officer justified in shooting, District Attorney's Office says

June 3, 2014 Updated: June 3, 2014 at 8:01 pm
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A Colorado Springs police officer was justified in shooting a man who pointed a handgun at him at a home in Stetson Hills on May 20, according to a statement released by the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office on Tuesday.

Laurence Duane Rowley, 43, was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the left shoulder after police said he approached one of two officers in a "ready-to-shoot position", the statement read.

Police responded to the home after Rowley's wife, whose name was not released, called police twice about 11 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. and told them her husband had left a voice message on her phone alleging that he had killed the family's German Shepherd and was threatening other relatives in Colorado Springs.

Rowley's wife was out of town and told police that her husband had access to firearms at their home on the 6600 block of Summer Grace Street, off Stetson Hills Boulevard and Peterson Road, and threatened to shoot anyone who went to the house.

Rowley was agitated and upset when police spoke with him on the phone and demanded to know who had called police, but his wife had asked officers to keep her anonymous.

Police surrounded the home and spoke with Rowley a second time, when he allegedly said, "I'm sorry I have to do this," and came out of the house through the garage door with a gun in his hand in a shooting stance, according to the statement.

Rowley then allegedly pointed the gun directly at one of the officers and ignored several commands from police. An officer fired one shot at Rowley, who fell to the ground. He was taken to Penrose-St. Francis Hospital. Rowley was in the El Paso County Jail on a $2,000 bond Tuesday.

Investigators found a .9 mm handgun near where Rowley fell, and a bullet path was discovered through the garage door, an entry door between the kitchen and the garage and the north side of the driveway, according to the statement. A neighbor reported hearing a gunshot about 15 minutes before police had arrived.

All three dogs at the home, including the German Shepherd, were unharmed.

The District Attorney's Office, which reviews all incidents involving a discharged weapon by an officer, determined the evidence in the investigation showed that the officer was acting reasonably when he shot Rowley, and no criminal charges will be pursued, the statement read.

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