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Denver officer cleared in deadly shooting

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Dec 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-13 18:02:08-05

DENVER – The Denver District Attorney’s Office has cleared an officer involved in a deadly shooting in August.

Denver DA Mitch Morrissey announced Tuesday that officer Antony Gutierrez-McKain was legally justified in the shooting death of Terry Salazar, 49, who was wanted on four arrest warrants.

Police were initially called to the suspect’s home at 8 North Fox Street by a woman who said Salazar stabbed another man at the home.

When police arrived, Salazar grabbed a knife and ran into a bedroom on the home’s second floor. Officers followed the suspect into the room where he was tased, but it appeared to only work momentarily.

When Salazar came out of the room he was wielding the knife and told officer Gutierrez-McKain to “Kill me. Just do it. Just kill me, shoot me.”

The Denver officer told an advancing Salazar to put his weapon down and that he did not want to shoot him. Salazar was shot five times when he failed to comply with commands to drop his knife. Police say Salazar got about two arms lengths from officer Gutierrez-McKain when he fired his weapon. 

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