December 19, 2014
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A San Bernardino police officer's fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man two years ago has been deemed justified.
The district attorney's office released a report Friday that concluded the officer responded to an immediate threat of injury or death in the January 2011 shooting of 43-year-old Richard Matus.
The officer kicked in a bathroom door and confronted Matus as he held a knife to the throat of an elderly man. Police say the officer tried to grab the hostage, then reached behind the man and shot Matus twice in the back.
The hostage said Matus was an acquaintance who had come to his home and claimed someone was trying to kill him.
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