DA: Officers justified in shooting man outside hotel

GREELEY – The Weld County District Attorney's Office will not file criminal charges against the Greeley police officers who shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at them outside the Clarion Hotel.

The shooting happened early in the morning of June 14. Police responded to the Clarion Hotel after a report of a "crazy guy with a gun outside." When they arrived, Victor Hernandez tried to flee, and he pointed his gun at officers when they tried to tell him to stop, according to the district attorney's office.

Hernandez was hit three times, and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Before the encounter at the Clarion Hotel, police say they'd responded to a prior violent outburst from Hernandez earlier that day at a local bar.

Security officers reported that Hernandez had been assaulting his girlfriend, and he had hit them and threatened to shoot them when they tried to diffuse the situation. He later fled with his girlfriend in a silver car.

When police looked for Hernandez at the Clarion Hotel, they say she was bleeding from wounds to her head.

District Attorney Ken Buck said he didn't file charges because the officers "reasonably believed it was necessary to protect themselves and others from Hernandez's threatened use of physical force and to effect an arrest of Hernandez following the commission of several felonies involving the use or threatened use of a deadly weapon."

You can find the complete report here: www.weldda.com.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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