COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A Woodland Park police officer was justified in shooting and killing a Colorado Springs man who allegedly struck the officer with his car during an arrest, prosecutors say.
The 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office says the officer believed his life was in imminent danger when he shot 20-year-old Craig Bondo on Jan. 22.
Police pulled Bondo over on U.S. Highway 24 and learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Colorado Springs. Prosecutors say that as police were trying to arrest the man, he put his vehicle in reverse and struck the officer in the leg. The DA's report says Bondo was shot when he tried to hit the officer again with the vehicle.
The Gazette reports Bondo was shot three times and died at a hospital.
“Officer Christopher Moeller was forced to make an instantaneous decision regarding the driver of a car that had just struck him and was again accelerating directly at him,” the district attorney’s office said in a news release, according to the newspaper. “The facts support his belief that his life was in imminent danger.”