Duluth officers cleared in June shooting death


No charges will be filed against two Duluth police officers that shot and killed 26-year-old Zachary Premo during a DWI investigation in June.

WDIO reports prosecutors at the St. Louis County Attorney's Office found the use of force against Premo by officers Matthew Hendrickson and Jacob Peterson was justified.

Police say in the early morning hours of June 11, officers were investigating a single-vehicle crash and discovered the driver had fled. Officers went to the home associated with the vehicle and found Premo armed with a handgun.

The officers tried to get Premo to comply with verbal commands for about three minutes before he reached for his gun, prompting the officers to shoot. Premo was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officers were placed on administrative leave while the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conducted their investigation and have since returned to work, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

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