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DA: Eau Claire officer’s use of deadly force justified

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — A prosecutor has cleared an Eau Claire police officer who fatally shot a knife-wielding man last spring.

Eau Claire County District Attorney Gary King on Tuesday found that Officer Jim Konkel’s use of deadly force was justified.

Authorities say Konkel shot 25-year-old Gregory Kever, of Eau Claire, after Kever charged at an officer while he was carrying a large knife.

The shooting happened April 8 in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Authorities say police attempted to stop Kever by firing bean bag rounds and using a stun gun, but those methods were not successful.

The La Crosse Police Department investigated the shooting. The Eau Claire Police Department is conducting an administrative review to determine if all the officers involved complied with policy.

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