DENVER (CBS4) – Two transit security guards will not face charges for shooting and killing a man near a light rail station in Denver last August.

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Authorities say the two guards fired a combined 29 shots at 43-year-old Armando Vigil on Sheridan Boulevard near 13th Avenue.

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The shots were fired in a 12-second timespan and hit Vigil 14 times.

According to a decision letter from Denver’s District Attorney Beth McCann, the officers were patrolling the area and found Vigil sleeping on a hill.

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Picture of suspect’s handgun at the scene. (credit: Denver District Attorney’s Office)

They approached him and saw he had a handgun in his pocket and a magazine next to him. The officers say Vigil woke up and pointed the gun toward one of the officers. That’s when the officers began shooting.

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Picture of the contents of the suspect’s backpack. (credit: Denver District Attorney’s Office)

Authorities later found another loaded handgun in Vigil’s backpack along with methamphetamine, heroin and a digital scale.

McCann called the shooting justified because the security officers had reason to believe their lives were in danger when Vigil pointed a handgun at them.

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