Panel Rules Officer Was Justified in Shooting

Panel Rules Officer Was Justified in Shooting

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- An independent review board has decided that a Carbon County sheriff's deputy was justified when he shot and killed a suspect who had a knife.

Twenty-two-year-old Tony Lee Taylor died after he was shot in a Price apartment on January tenth.

Carbon County Attorney Gene Strate said deputy Tory Christiansen was justified in using deadly force. And if he hadn't shot the suspect, someone else would likely have been hurt or killed.

Taylor was on probation for assault when officer went to check on him. Police reports say he pulled a knife and began threatening the officers.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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