- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck police officer who shot and killed a Mandan man in March has been cleared in the case.

The Attorney General’s office concluded that criminal charges against Officer Shaun Burkhartsmeier aren’t warranted.

Authorities say 42-year-old James Scott allegedly threatened another man in March with a shotgun and tried to flee when officers arrived. Police say he ignored commands to show his hands and get on the ground.

Authorities say Burkhartsmeier believed Scott to be armed and dangerous and shot him with a rifle. Scott was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Attorney General’s report on the shooting says officers didn’t report finding a gun on Scott after he was shot. Police say they recovered a shotgun from an apartment hallway.

Burkhartsmeier is on administrative leave until he’s cleared for regular duty.


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