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Police: Wis. officer justified in fatal shooting

  • Associated Press
  • January 8, 2014 - 6:15 PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay's police chief says an officer acted appropriately when he fatally shot a man suspected of stalking his estranged wife last month.

Police Chief Tom Molitor on Wednesday called the shooting "a tragic event," but said the officer's actions were justified.

Sixty-three-year-old Darold VandenHeuvel died Dec. 16 after being struck by seven police bullets inside the garage of his wife's apartment building.

Molitor says officers had responded to a 5:30 a.m. call from VandenHeuvel's wife saying the man was in the building.

When officers demanded that VandenHeuvel show his hands, he reached for a handgun in his waistband. Officer Clint Beguhn fired 10 shots at him. The other officer did not fire.

Press-Gazette Media (http://gbpg.net/JHZfrH) reports police say VandenHeuvel did not fire, but later determined his gun was loaded.

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