No charges for police who shot man at Denver funeral home

By: The Associated Press
August 8, 2014 Updated: August 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm
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photo - DENVER, CO - JULY 02: Denver PD crime unit processes a shooting scene July 2, 2014 at Overland Pond Park. A man was shot several times and killed by Denver Police officers Wednesday afternoon during an undercover drug operation, Chief Robert White said.
The officer-involved shooting occurred in the parking lot of Overland Pond Park near the intersection of South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue just before 3 p.m. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)
DENVER, CO - JULY 02: Denver PD crime unit processes a shooting scene July 2, 2014 at Overland Pond Park. A man was shot several times and killed by Denver Police officers Wednesday afternoon during an undercover drug operation, Chief Robert White said. The officer-involved shooting occurred in the parking lot of Overland Pond Park near the intersection of South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue just before 3 p.m. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post) 

DENVER — Denver prosecutors say they will not file criminal charges against four police officers who fatally shot a man outside a funeral home last month.

District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said Friday the officers fired to defend themselves after 21-year-old Ryan Ronquillo tried to hit them with his car on July 2. Police say they were trying to arrest Ronquillo on outstanding warrants when he put his car in reverse and hit two officers in the parking lot of a funeral home where a service was taking place.

The fired, hitting Ronquillo four times. Morrissey says it is surprising no one else was injured.

He says Ronquillo's actions left the officers with little choice but to use deadly force.

Some of Ronquillo's relatives witnessed the shooting and felt police were not justified.

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