MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — The Winnebago County District Attorney’s office says an officer’s use of deadly force in Menasha was justified.
Police fatally shot 43-year-old Shawn Blowers outside his apartment on June 25. Officers were executing a search warrant for child pornography at the apartment.
A 250-page report by Wisconsin’s Department of Justice says Blowers was initially cooperative as officers entered his apartment, but then walked to the kitchen, grabbed a knife and walked toward officers.
WLUK-TV reports that in police body camera footage Blowers can be heard repeatedly saying “kill me” and “do it” as officers draw their guns. Neenah police officer Christopher Gorden, who shot Blowers, has been cleared. Gorden had been on administrative leave per the police department’s policy.