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Utah County attorney: Police justified in shooting



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The Utah County attorney's office has found that police officers who shot and killed a man during a standoff were justified in their actions.

County Attorney Jeff Buhman says a Payson detective and Utah County sheriff's deputy were justified in using deadly force against Michael Batchelor after an hour-long standoff at his Santaquin home in April.

Police said the 33-year-old Batchelor emerged from his home with a shotgun in his hand and moved toward SWAT officers threateningly. Police said he continued toward officers despite commands to drop his weapon and was shot twice. He died at the scene.

Utah County attorney: Police justified in shooting

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Information from: The Daily Herald

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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