DA: Greeley officers’ actions justified in January shooting

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GREELEY, Colo. — The Greeley police officers who shot a man in January were justified in their actions, the Weld County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

The officers were trying to arrest Joseph Valentino Perez, who was reported to be intoxicated and causing a disturbance at 1327 16th Ave. in Greeley on Jan. 27.

Officers used stun guns, but they were ineffective. They then opened fire when Perez, 27, charged at them with a knife after stabbing himself in the stomach.

Perez is charged with several counts of assault on a peace officer. He had active arrest warrants for felony assault and escape out of the Department of Corrections at the time of the incident.

No officers were injured.