Officers "Justified" in Killing Boone Man

Airsoft pistol looked like handgun

By Melissa Higgins | mhiggins@weareiowa.com

Published 07/25 2016 11:50AM

Updated 07/25 2016 11:50AM

Courtesy: Iowa Dept. of Public Safety
Courtesy: Iowa Dept. of Public Safety/Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

From the Iowa Dept. of Public Safety:

BOONE, Iowa – Today, the Boone County Attorney’s Office released it’s ruling on the June 27, 2016, Boone Police Department’s Officer-Involved Shooting death of Michael Disbrowe, 28, of Boone.

The ruling states Boone Police Department Sergeant Nathan Kester and Officer Joseph Slight were justified under the law when they fired their weapons that killed Michael Disbrowe.

On Monday, June 27, 2016, the Boone County Dispatch Center received a 911 call at 10:18 PM in reference to a report of a male subject with a gun threatening people. Officers with the Boone Police Department and Deputies with the Boone County Sheriff’s office responded to the area of 332 West 2nd Street in Boone.

Upon arriving in the area of 332 West 2nd Street, law enforcement located a male subject that matched the description that was given to the Boone County Dispatch Center. When the male subject was confronted by law enforcement, the subject drew a gun from his waistband. Law enforcement officers spoke to the subject and ordered the subject to drop the gun numerous times and the subject refused.

After several minutes, the subject raised his arm and aimed the gun at the officers and approached the officers. Law enforcement officers engaged the subject and fired their weapons striking the subject. The subject was immediately given medical aid and was transported to the Boone County Hospital where he later died from the injuries.

Police later determined that the "gun" was actually an airsoft pistol, but had the realistic look of a handgun.

Click HERE to read the Boone County Attorney Office's ruling, describing why the shooting was justified.

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