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(Wyo)-Use Of Force Against Hatchet-Wielding Man Justified

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/28/2018 11:07 PM
ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming prosecutors say no charges will be filed against police officers who shot and wounded a 26-year-old man wielding a hatchet in Rock Springs last week.
 
     Sweetwater County Attorney Daniel Erramouspe said in a statement Monday that officers' use of force was justified and they had "no other choice in their actions."
 
         Prosecutors say officers from the Rock Springs Police Department and Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office responded to a gas station to a report of a man striking vehicles with a hatchet.
 
       Austin Pacheco refused to drop the weapon and was about to throw the hatchet at an officer when he was shot with bean bag ammunition and one shot from a handgun. Pacheco remains in the hospital, but his medical status hasn't been released.


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