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UPDATE: Johnson County Attorney says officer's actions were justified in stand-off


An investigation found Iowa city officer Alirio Arcenas was justified in shooting 21 year old Chad Newmire multiple times with his on duty weapon, a 40 caliber glock in the early morning hours of December 4th.

"He had to act not only to protect himself but also the three other officers who had less lethal force or no weapon with them," said Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness. 

Police were called to check on Newmire's well-being in the early morning hours of December 4th with reports of a suicidal subject.

Minutes after arriving, police saw Newmire had a 9 millimeter handgun tucked into his pants and called for back up.

The investigation found police talked with Newmire for more than 40 minutes trying to get him to surrender peacefully.  Officials say after recent trouble with the law, Newmire felt he let his family down.  At one point, he urged police to shoot him.

"He says 'all I need to do is pull my gun, and you'll shoot me,'" said special agent Matthew George with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Later in the standoff, Newmire put his hand on the grip of his gun.  Three officers then shot at Newmire.  Two with less lethal force, and Arcenas, with his duty weapon, the only one he was carrying.

Officials say all three reacted properly.

"They all saw the threat at the same time.  They all reacted and had the same reaction and used force simultaneously," said Iowa City police chief Sam Hargadine.

Arcenas was placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

The Johnson County Attorney says Arcenas' actions were justified and no charges will be filed. He will return to work as soon as possible.

Newmire was taken to the hospital and survived the incident. The Johnson County Attorney says no charges will be filed against Newmire because authorities want him to get mental health treatment.

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