2 officers cleared in fatal Clinton shooting

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Davis County Attorney has cleared a pair of Clinton police officers of any wrongdoing in a fatal Nov. 5 shooting.

In a letter last week to Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson, Troy Rawlings says detectives Shawn Stoker and Bryan Haywood were justified in using deadly force when confronted by a knife-wielding Paulo Berumen.

Officers were called to Berumen's home to investigate a domestic disturbance. They saw Berumen's wife running away from the home when they arrived.

Officers followed Berumen into the backyard but could not successfully deploy Tasers. Both policemen said they felt threatened before deciding to open fire.

After being placed on routine leave, both detectives are now expected to return to work.

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