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DA clears officers in shooting

DA clears officers in shooting

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MURRAY -- The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office says two police officers acted lawfully when they shot a Murray man last month.

The man who was shot, 36-year-old Eric Thatcher, had been wanted for questioning in connection with a road rage incident.

According to charging documents, a motorist says Thatcher cut him off while he was traveling northbound on Fashion Boulevard July 28. He claims Thatcher then followed him home and threatened to hurt and kill him. The threatened driver wrote down Thatcher's license plate number and called police.

Two Murray City police officers went to Thatcher's house near 400 East and 5980 South to speak with him about the road rage incident. They say while waiting for him to come out of his home, they saw him carrying what looked like a rifle and heard someone yell, "I'm going to kill them."

One of the officers saw Thatcher running toward them with two rifles pointed at them. Both officers fired, injuring Thatcher.

The officers later determined that Thatcher had been carrying two pellet guns.

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