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Fox Valley Metro police officer found justified in fatal shooting

Posted at 3:07 PM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 18:47:40-04

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin police officer who shot and killed a 34-year-old man after a chase last month won’t be charged.

Outagamie County District Attorney Melinda Tempelis says Fox Valley Metro police officer Sam Pynenberg was justified in using deadly force.

Pynenberg shot Eduard Alexis Lopez-Ucles early on Sept. 3 after Lopez-Ucles fled from police and crashed in a roundabout.

Lopez-Ucles was taken to a hospital and later died. An autopsy found he died of a single gunshot wound to the chest and abdomen.

The Post-Crescent reports Lopez-Ucles had attended a gathering in Appleton on Sept. 2 and drank so much that another person was concerned about his ability to drive. But Lopez-Ucles left the gathering in a pickup.

Authorities saw Lopez-Ucles driving erratically and tried to stop him.