No charges against Iowa officer who shot man holding gun on woman

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This undated photo provided by the Pottawattamie County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office shows Troy Petersen. Peterson was fatally shot by an officer during a standoff in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is suspected of killing two people earlier, one on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, one Wednesday before he was killed. (Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor says no charges will be filed against an officer who fatally shot a man who was holding a gun on a woman who later was charged with two Council Bluffs slayings.

Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber said Monday that Council Bluffs officer Paul Damrow fired the shot Wednesday that killed 28-year-old Troy Petersen, of Essex.

Council Bluffs Police Chief Tim Carmody said that, “in that moment, he took the shot to save a life.”

Authorities say the woman, 44-year-old April Montello-Roberts, of Shenandoah, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Authorities say she and Petersen killed 52-year-old Jerrot Clark on Aug. 4 and 51-year-old Steven Carlson on Wednesday.

This undated photo provided by the Pottawattamie County, Iowa, Sheriff’s Office shows April Montello-Roberts. Police say they’ve charged Montello-Roberts who’d been with Troy Petersen during two slayings and when their pickup truck crashed during a police chase. Peterson was fatally shot by an officer during a standoff in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and is suspected of killing two people earlier _ one on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, one Wednesday before he was killed. (Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Authorities say Petersen was holding a gun on Montello-Roberts in the cab of a wrecked pickup truck when he was shot. The pickup carrying the two crashed during a pursuit in Council Bluffs.

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