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Prosecutor says man's shooting by Boone officers justified

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BOONE, Iowa (AP) -- The Boone County attorney says two officers were justified in shooting a man who was aiming what appeared to be a handgun at them.

Authorities say Boone Police Sgt. Nathan Kester and Officer Joseph Slight shot and killed 28-year-old Michael Disbrowe on June 27. They'd been dispatched to check a report that an armed man was threatening people. The officers say they fired after Disbrowe pulled the weapon from his waistband, disregarded their orders to drop it, aimed it at them and advanced.

Investigators learned later that Disbrowe was wielding only an airsoft gun, but County Attorney Daniel Kolacia said in a news release Monday that "the weapon had the realistic look of a handgun" and that Disbrowe had made motion that looked like he'd chambered a round.

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