Prosecutor Says Fatal Shooting By Police Justified

Posted Thursday, August 16, 2012 --- 9:40 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A prosecutor in Outagamie County has determined an Appleton police officer acted legally when he fatally shot a citizen.

District Attorney Carrie Schneider said Thursday Sgt. Greg Pieper shot and killed 61-year-old Keith Gabriel after he refused to follow the officer's orders to drop his gun. Schneider says Gabriel had a Colt .45 handgun in his hand and started turning toward Pieper when he was shot three times last Friday. The officer was responding to a report of illegal fireworks when he encountered Gabriel.

WLUK-TV ( ) says the Green Bay Police Department investigated the shooting.


Information from: WLUK-TV,

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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