Oct 11, 2012 6:09 PM by AP posted by Juice Godfrey

Police cleared in wounding of Fort Carson soldier

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) - The district attorney's office says a Fountain police officer was justified in shooting and wounding a Fort Carson soldier who allegedly took his wife and two sons hostage.

The El Paso County DA's office said Thursday that police Sgt. Tim Johnson won't be charged with any crime in the Aug. 12 shooting of Army Sgt. Stephen David Payne in Fountain.

Payne faces charges including assault and false imprisonment.

Fort Carson says Payne is a mechanic assigned to a military police unit and returned to active duty after he was released on a $25,000 bond.

The DA's office says police shot Payne when he allegedly drew a 9 mm handgun on them after he followed his wife and sons out of the house.

Payne's lawyer didn't immediately return a message.


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