Investigators: Salt Lake officer justified in shooting

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An officer was justified in shooting a man who fired a gun at him and attacked another officer, Salt Lake County prosecutors ruled Friday.

Officer Charles Saulnier will not face any charges in connection with the shooting of Eric Pectol, 49, on Sept. 17, District Attorney Sim Gill told reporters. Pectol was hospitalized after the shooting and survived but denied shooting the gun.

Pectol was riding a motorcycle and ran a red light and a truck hit him, officials said. Officer Jason Hudgens saw the accident and ran to help Pectol, who fled and later told Hudgens he had a gun.

The two got into an altercation and Hudgens' handgun fell to the ground where Pectol picked it up. Gill said Saulnier ran to assist the other officer when he saw Pectrol pick up the gun and point it towards Hudgens. Pectol then fired the gun at Saulnier, leading Saulnier to return gunfire.

Gill wrote in his decision that Pectol “unlawfully presented an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury” when he disarmed Hudgens and when he shot the firearm at Saulnier.

Pectol was on parole at the time of the shooting and is now at the Utah State Prison, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.