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(Wyo)-No Charges In Fatal Gillette Shooting, Actions 'Reasonable'

By: John Axtell Posted at: 02/14/2020 11:43 AM
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - Police in Gillette aren't pursuing charges in a Jan 31 shooting death, ruling that the shooter acted in self-defense.

       21-year-old Steven Peterson shot his friend, 24-year-old Jesse Flores, when they got in an argument after drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.

     Police say their investigation shows Flores threatened Peterson, who locked himself in his bedroom with a handgun.

      Peterson told officers that as Flores tried to manipulate the lock, he heard a noises that sounded like the cycling of a slide on an automatic pistol - so he fired when Flores came into the room.

     Police say Peterson cooperated with investigators, who found a handgun outside the bedroom door, and that they found his actions "reasonable."


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