- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) - Prosecutors say a Loveland police officer was justified when she shot and killed a man who had a knife and threatened a customer at a pizza restaurant.

The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports (https://goo.gl/HAxUBk ) the district attorney’s office released its finding Tuesday in the Aug. 31 death of 45-year-old William Rippley.

Police responded to a report that Rippley had been throwing a bicycle at nearby traffic. When officers arrived, he ran from them into the restaurant.

Police say Rippley was carrying a knife and had grabbed an elderly customer. Officer Jennifer Hines, a 10-year veteran of the department, fired one shot at Rippley, who was pronounced dead at the hospital.

DA Cliff Riedel says Hines’ actions “very likely prevented the loss of life to innocent civilians.”


Information from: Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald, https://www.reporterherald.com/

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