A year ago, authorities found Pima County sheriff's Deputy Chris Rogers was justified in shooting a man he said was trying to hit him with a stolen car outside a Northwest side convenience store.
"The shooting review board concluded (Rogers) was justified in firing because of the circumstances, but proving that the defendant intended to either injure him or place him in fear of injury is a different issue," the prosecutor said.
...Deputy County Attorney Kenneth J. Peasley also reviewed the shooting for criminal wrongdoing and found that Kollmann had "posed a threat" to Rogers.
and two other deputies testified they watched the car for several minutes before he
tapped on the driver's window.Rogers
asked the man a few questions before the driver reached for the gearshift and sharply turned the steering wheel towards him while the engine revved loudly.
The deputy said he
initially grabbed the driver's leather jacket, but had no choice but to draw his
9 mm revolver when the lurching car pressed him against the gasoline pumps.In fear for his
fired two shots - striking Kollmann once in the throat
According to the review board's six-page summary, the store clerk also described "the vehicle moving toward Dep.Rogers
and believed he
was about to be crushed."
...Rogers has worked for the Sheriff's Department since November 1998 and previously worked five years for the Pinal County Sheriff's Department and briefly for the Mammoth Police Department.
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