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DA: Denver officer justified in shooting armed robbery suspect on busy stretch of Colfax

The Denver officer who fired at a suspect following an armed robbery on Colfax Avenue earlier this summer will not face charges.

DENVER (AP) — Denver's prosecutor says a police officer was justified in shooting a man suspected of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint and will not face charges.

According to District Attorney Beth McCann's decision letter, an employee ran outside and flagged down two Denver officers on June 13 when Carnell Nelson took out a gun inside the store along a busy section of Colfax Avenue near the state Capitol building.

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McCann says Nelson shot first as police pursued him and struck Denver Police Officer Travis Lloyd in the leg.

McCann's letter says Nelson fired five shots and also hit a bystander's foot.

McCann says Lloyd fired 13 times, striking Nelson once in the chest. McCann says Lloyd was defending himself and other people on the street when he shot and killed Nelson.