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January 1, 2013

Altona man shot and killed by deputy

Serving warrant when, Sheriff David Favro says, man drew knife

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results were still pending to determine exactly where and how many times the man was shot.

Favro said deputies are trained to fire off several rounds into the center mass of the target in situations such as this.

“At this point in time, I have no reason to believe whatsoever that the officers acted out of character,” he said. “They did exactly what they needed to do and what should have been done in this given circumstance, following all of the proper guidelines.”

TASER INEFFECTUAL

The sheriff said he did not know the exact dimensions of the knife Clark wielded during the altercation, but the video footage from the taser camera revealed that it, “without a doubt, was clearly capable of causing death.”

Clark’s kitchen, Favro estimated, was approximately 10 feet by 12 feet in size with a table and counter space. 

“The officer was actually backed up to a countertop when this had occurred,” he said. 

Immediately following the shooting, Favro said, the deputies cleared the house and checked to see if first aid could be administered to Clark.

“It did not appear that that was going to be in any way fruitful,” he said. “They contacted the EMTs from Altona, who did respond, and ultimately needed to contact the coroner.”

It has not yet been determined why the taser used on Clark did not have the desired effect, according to Favro, but there was no reason to believe the instrument was defective.

The department, he added, will be sending its tasers away to be tested.

In order for a taser to work properly, he explained, both of the instrument’s two probes must be in contact with the body of an individual and penetrate into the skin.

“We can clearly establish that one of them did, and the other one we believe did not, and that’s what we’re looking into right now to find out what it could have hit — a button on a shirt or a pin or a belt,” Favro said. 

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