DA rules deadly Beloit officer-involved shooting "lawful," "reasonable"

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) -- Rock County District Attorney General David O'Leary ruled that the deadly officer-involved shooting last December that killed Montay Penning was "lawful... (and) reasonable."

Sergeant Ryan Flanagan, Detective Nathan Adams, Officer John McMahon (Source: City of Beloit).

O'Leary announced his finding Friday morning during a news conference during which he detailed extensively the events that led to the death of the 23-year-old Janesville man.

He added that the investigation is now closed. Three officers were involved in the shooting. They had previously been identified as Detective Nathan Adams, Sgt. Ryan Flanagan and Patrol Officer John McMahon.

WATCH: Beloit authorities rule the officer-involved shooting lawful and reasonable:

O'Leary said the investigation found Penning had pointed his gun, which had been stolen in 2018, at Det. Adams and Sgt. Flanagan prior to his death. He noted that Penning apparently never fired at the officers. He added that an autopsy was consistent with Penning having had his arm extended toward the officers.

Shortly after the investigation, the Beloit Police Department said the officers have returned to active duty

Twenty-three year-old Montay Penning was killed in the shooting, which involved three Beloit police officers.

In a news conference held soon after the shooting, Beloit Police Chief David Zibolski laid out the events that police say led to the shooting. when a Rock Co. deputy pulled over a vehicle he believed to be stolen near Henry Avenue and Riverside Drive.

The deputy reported hearing shots fired and, following a brief chase, took off on foot, Zibolski continued. Beloit police officers caught up with Penning, who was reportedly armed, in the 1800 block of Harrison Ave, where he was shot. None of the officers were injured in the shooting.

All three officers who fired have been placed on administrative duty, as is normal for an officer-involved shooting.