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September 1, 2014

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Metro officer ruled justified in fatal May shooting

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A Metro Police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man armed with a knife May 15, a Clark County coroner's jury ruled Friday.

The coroner’s inquest was held in the death of 45-year-old Brian Shelton, who was shot by an officer after police say Shelton aggressively approached police and refused to drop his weapon.

Police say they were called about 11:25 p.m. to investigate a reported attack with a knife in the 5800 block of Bromley Avenue, which is near U.S. 95 and Jones Boulevard. Officers arrived and saw Shelton sitting on a block wall and allegedly armed with a knife.

Metro says Shelton got off the wall and aggressively approached officers, ignoring their commands for him to stop and drop the knife.

When he continued approaching, police say officer Joseph Parra, 31, fired three shots, striking Shelton and incapacitating him. Shelton was transported to a hospital and later died.

Parra has been with Metro since May 2007 and is assigned to the patrol division, Bolden Area Command.

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