Authorities rule officers’ use of deadly force justified in encounter near Dinosaur, Colorado

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CRAIG, Colo. – Authorities in Colorado have ruled that an officer-involved shooting that left a suspect dead was legally justified, and the incident occurred in the area of Dinosaur, Colorado—which is near the Utah border.

According to a press release from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, James Damon was shot and killed in a confrontation with authorities on March 9.

The encounter involved Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Nathan Martinez and Moffat County Sheriff’s Deputy Bhrent Shock as well as a second suspect, Georgie Hand.

The letter from the District Attorney regarding the ruling and the associated investigative reports will be released after the criminal prosecution of Hand is completed, according to the press release. Hand was with Damon at the time of the incident, and she faces the following charges: attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, menacing, trespass, and disarming a peace officer.

Hand has a preliminary hearing in the Moffat District Court August 20.

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