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Officers Cleared in Ogden Shooting

Officers Cleared in Ogden Shooting

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Three police officers acted properly during a shootout with a man who was hit 20 times and killed, a prosecutor said in clearing them of wrongdoing.

Jesse Turnbow, 29, refused to drop a shotgun, fired the first shots and paused to reload his weapon, said Gary Heward, a Weber County deputy attorney.

Turnbow was killed Dec. 18 after officers responding to a call about a disturbance found him in an Ogden street with a weapon.

"Before Officer Mahon could even get out of his vehicle, the suspect drew a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun from his coat, pointed it at him, and began firing," Heward said, referring to Officer Ed Mahon.

The emergency lights and windshield on Mahon's car were damaged.

Two other officers, Derek Draper and John Sattelmair, arrived. All three fired, hitting Turnbow 20 times, Heward said.

"The police did a great job from the standpoint of defending themselves and the public," the prosecutor said.

The officers were not injured.


Information from: Standard-Examiner,

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