Prosecutors say a police officer will not face charges for the death of a homeowner who had just killed an intruder inside his suburban Denver home.
Adams County District Attorney Dave Young released his decision Monday, writing that body camera footage shows police repeatedly telling Richard “Gary” Black to drop his weapon before an officer fired.
Police later learned that Black, a 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran, was defending his grandson from an intruder beating the child.
The letter says police arriving at the house heard shots then saw Black emerging from a hallway holding a handgun and a flashlight.
Camera footage showed Black coming toward officers, raising the flashlight, and Aurora Police Officer Drew Limbaugh firing three times.
Police have said Black had hearing impairment due to his military service.