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Prosecutor clears Eau Claire officer who shot unarmed man

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — A district attorney says an Eau Claire police officer was justified in shooting an unarmed man during a confrontation in April.

Police say 25-year-old Tyler Holte was wounded in the shooting by officer Hunter Braatz in a wooded area in Eau Claire after he fled from officers. The Leader-Telegram reports Holte has since had problems with infections and had surgery again on Monday.

The decision by Eau Claire County District Attorney Gary King came after review of a report by the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation. A statement from King cited 10 factors in his decision, including that Holte didn’t comply with requests to show his hands, and that officers feared for their lives.

Braatz remains on administrative assignment pending completion of an internal review.

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