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Greeley Officers Cleared In Suspect’s Death

DENVER (AP) – Two Greeley SWAT officers won’t face criminal charges in the shooting death of a child pornography suspect.

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck says the two officers who fired the fatal shots at Jason Paul Collins believed that he reached for a gun Oct. 28. Police say the gun in a holster on his right hip turned out to be a pellet gun.

Authorities say Collins had told an undercover Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent that the gun was real.

Buck says both officers reasonably believed that it was necessary to defend themselves and others from Collins’ threatened use of physical force.

Offices shot Collins in a hotel room, where the investigating ICE agent had set up a meeting to exchange child porn between computers.

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