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Prosecutors: Colorado Springs man justified in killing mother's ex-husband

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Posted at 9:53 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 23:53:55-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors will not charge a man who shot and killed his mother's ex-husband in an apparent effort to protect her.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that the district attorney's office determined 36-year-old Joseph Lamoureux II was killed March 17 in an act of self-defense.

Investigators say Lamoureux choked his ex-wife into unconsciousness and severely injured her. The woman's son, then 19, heard her screaming and heard Lamoureux repeatedly say he was going to kill her.

The son retrieved a shotgun and went to the bedroom where Lamoureux was choking and hitting his mother. Lamoureux stepped toward him, and the son fired once.

Colorado law allows a person to use physical force to defend themselves or others.

Lamoureux was a longtime Colorado Springs resident who was born in Casper, Wyoming.