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Aurora officer's use of weapon justified in March incident

After a suspect fled on foot, Officer David Kreiger fired four shots -- none of them striking the man who was then apprehended by other officers.

AURORA, Colo. — An Aurora Police officer who fired four shots at a man who fled on foot used reasonable and justified force, a report from Larry Bailey, Deputy District Attorney of the 18th Judicial District, states.

Officer David Krieger was one of several officers who responded to assist the Denver Police Department on March 28 in apprehending a fugitive who had kidnapped his girlfriend at gunpoint and who had a warrant for felony menacing and illegal discharge of a weapon, the report states.

After the suspect's car was pinned by officers, Alfredo Guttieres fled on foot near East Iliff Avenue and South Buckley Road. The reports says he was pursued by several officers, including Kreiger who fired four shots. None of the shots struck Guttieres, who was apprehended by several Aurora PD officers.

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In question was whether Krieger reasonably believed that the use of deadly physical force was necessary to defend himself or others from what he reasonably believed to be the imminent use of deadly physical force or believed he or another person was in imminent danger of being killed or receiving great bodily injury.

Bailey concluded, "based on the law and the facts, that Officer Krieger was justified in using or attempting to use deadly force to terminate the pursuit and arrest Guttieres," and that no charges against Krieger were warranted. 

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