- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Prosecutors will not charge a man who shot and killed his mother’s ex-husband in an apparent effort to protect her.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports https://goo.gl/1i0cNk that the district attorney’s office determined 36-year-old Joseph Lamoureux II was killed March 17 in an act of self-defense.

Investigators say Lamoureux choked his ex-wife into unconsciousness and severely injured her. The woman’s son, then 19, heard her screaming and heard Lamoureux repeatedly say he was going to kill her.

The son retrieved a shotgun and went to the bedroom where Lamoureux was choking and hitting his mother. Lamoureux stepped toward him, and the son fired once.

Colorado law allows a person to use physical force to defend themselves or others.

Lamoureux was a longtime Colorado Springs resident who was born in Casper, Wyoming.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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