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Officer Cleared in Motorist Shooting

Officer Cleared in Motorist Shooting



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(St. George-AP) -- Police have cleared a St. George police officer of wrongdoing in the shooting of an armed motorist.

Police say 47-year-old Chris Zdunich, of St. George, was pulled over on a traffic stop May 19th and exited the vehicle with a gun. He was shot after allegedly waving the gun around and advancing toward an officer.

The officer fired four shots and hit Zdunich once in the abdomen.

Police aren't releasing the officer's name until charges are filed against Zdunich.

The shooting was investigated by the police department's Critical Incident Response Team and forwarded to the Washington County Attorney's office, which determined the officer acted appropriately.

The officer has returned to full duty.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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