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An Aurora po­lice sergeant who fired an AR-15 ri­fle at a sus­pected car thief will not face crim­i­nal charges in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing.

Seven­teenth Ju­di­cial Dis­trict At­tor­ney Dave Young con­cluded that the sus­pect made ag­gres­sive driv­ing ma­neu­vers and that Sgt. Kevin Barnes was in fear for his life when he fired the ri­fle three times April 1, ac­cord­ing to a June 29 let­ter Young wrote to Aurora Po­lice Chief Nick Metz.

“At the time Sergeant Barnes fired his weapon, he stated he was in fear for his life, the lives of his fel­low of­fi­cer and cit­i­zens,” the let­ter said.

Michael Adrian Tor­res, 24, suf­fered two gun­shot wounds to his lower back, the let­ter said. He was treated at a hos­pi­tal and was charged with ve­hic­u­lar elud­ing upon his re­lease.

Tor­res was un­der sur­veil­lance by the Colorado Auto Theft Preven­tion Author­ity and Cen­tral Metropoli­tan Auto Theft Task Force at the time of the shoot­ing and was wanted in con­nec­tion with ag­gra­vated mo­tor ve­hi­cle theft out of Den­ver.

Sher­iff’s of­fice re­leases name of deputy in­volved in fa­tal shoot­ing. LARIMER

COUNTY» The sher­iff’s of­fice iden­ti­fied Derek Sig­norelli as the deputy who shot and killed a man flee­ing from deputies Fri­day night.

Deputies re­ceived re­ports of a ve­hi­cle that crashed into a field near Colorado 392 and County Road 9 about 7:30 p.m Fri­day.

When they ar­rived, the 23-year-old driver, Chet Knup­pel of Fort Collins, fled into the field, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice. He was shot by Sig­norelli in the chest as he fled, the sher­iff’s of­fice re­port said, and died at a hos­pi­tal that evening. The ve­hi­cle Knup­pel was driv­ing had been re­ported stolen, of­fi­cials said.

Sig­norelli has served with the sher­iff’s of­fice since Fe­bru­ary 2011. He was placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave, in ac­cor­dance with agency pol­icy.

Ser­vice dog al­legedly stolen in Colorado lo­cated in Cal­i­for­nia. LOVELAND»

A Loveland man who claims his ser­vice dog was stolen will be re­united with the an­i­mal af­ter au­thor­i­ties lo­cated it in Cal­i­for­nia.

Eero Kan­erva suf­fers from an anx­i­ety dis­or­der, and his dog, Susi, helps al­le­vi­ate his symp­toms.

Kan­erva told KION-TV in Sali­nas that a Cal­i­for­nia wo­man on va­ca­tion in Colorado stole Susi two weeks ago af­ter Kan­erva met her at a dog park.

The two made plans to take their dogs to a lake sev­eral days later, Kan­erva said, and on the way there, the wo­man took off with Susi.

KION re­ports that a sher­iff’s deputy in Mon­terey County, Calif., found Susi on Satur­day and turned her in to the lo­cal SPCA.

Safety is­sues force for­est ser­vice to de­mol­ish six old min­ers’ cab­ins near Aspen.

Six cab­ins on na­tional for­est land sur­round­ing Aspen are tar­geted for de­mo­li­tion this sum­mer in a mine lands safety clo­sure project.

Por­tions of at least five of the struc­tures date back to the late 1800s or early 1900s, but none qual­i­fies for the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of Historic Places or the state’s Reg­is­ter of Historic Places.

One of the cab­ins has been used for 30 years as a warm­ing hut for back­coun­try skiers on Burnt Moun­tain.

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