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DA: Use of deadly force warranted in Waukesha shooting

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — The Waukesha County district attorney says a police officer’s recent use of deadly force was warranted because the armed suspect who died was a threat and had aggressively encouraged the officer to shoot him.

The officer Bradley Condon killed 54-year-old Ted Schmitz after confronting the burglary and forgery suspect in Waukesha on Feb. 10. An investigative report released Wednesday says Schmitz threatened the officer with two knives. And the officer, fearful that Schmitz would attack him or try to grab his gun, shot Schmitz in the chest after the suspect had ignored his commands.

The Journal Sentinel reports District Attorney Sue Opper says any reasonable person would have concluded there was imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.

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