Prosecutor finds Salt Lake City officer was justified in shooting, wounding man in March

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SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors say a Salt Lake City police officer was legally justified when he shot and critically wounded a man who pulled out a fake gun during a traffic stop last month.

Officials with the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office said in statement Wednesday that Officer Trevor Hansen thought the gun was real when Salvador Miranda Flores pointed it during a traffic stop.

Police said that the 29-year-old Flores was pulled over after someone called 911 and reported his truck looked suspicious outside a 7-Eleven store.

Flores was hit twice in the torso in the shooting. Hansen and his partner gave him medical attention before he was taken to an area hospital.

Both officers were wearing body cameras, but Hansen's neglected to activate and it didn't record the incident.

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