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Report: Officer Justified in Fatal Shooting of Claremont Man

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office has ruled that the police shooting death of a Claremont man last month was justified.

The report released Wednesday says 25-year-old Cody LaFont had called police several times on Sept. 25 and appeared to be "heavily intoxicated."

 

Claremont Cpl. Ian Kibbe responded to the home. The report says LaFont was holding a revolver at chest level and didn't comply with orders to drop the gun. It says LaFont "strangely smiled" at Kibbe and stepped toward him while moving the gun that he held in Kibbe's direction.

The report says Kibbe believed LaFont was going to shoot him and shot LaFont three times.

The use of deadly force has been ruled legally justified. No criminal charges will be filed against Kibbe in LaFont's death.

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