BERTHOUD, Colo. — The Larimer County District Attorney has decided a Fort Collins police sergeant was justified in his fatal shooting of a man who was holding a shotgun in a hotel room.

The Reporter-Herald reported Tuesday that District Attorney Cliff Riedel found no wrongdoing by the sergeant, who shot and killed 26-year-old George Randall Newman Oct. 1.

Newman is accused of refusing to drop the sawed-off shotgun he was holding, despite officers’ commands to do so.

Fort Collins police went to the hotel for reports of possible gunfire. Officers say that when they made contact with the room Newman was in, he swung the door open holding a shotgun in a “low-ready position.”

Officers say they gave Newman multiple orders to drop the gun before the sergeant shot him twice.


Information from: Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald, http://www.reporterherald.com/

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