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DA says deadly force justified in officer involved shooting near Dinosaur

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

James Brent Damon, left, and Georgie Hand, right, allegedly took two officers hostage in Moffat County March 9, resulting in the shooting death of Damon. High levels of methamphetamines were found in Damon's blood, according to an autopsy report, offering some explanation for his violent behavior that day.

District Attorney Brett Barkey issued a letter to Moffat County Sheriff K.C. Hume and Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife Bob Broscheid on Thursday, stating the use of deadly force was justified in the death of

James Damon on March 9 near Dinosaur, according to a news release.

Damon died in a confrontation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Nathan Martinez and Moffat County Sheriff's Deputy Bhrent Shock.

The District Attorney's Office will release the letter and associated investigative reports upon resolution of the criminal prosecution of Georgie Hand, who was with Damon at the time of the incident.

She is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, menacing, trespass and disarming a peace officer.

Her case is set for a preliminary hearing before the Moffat District Court at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 20.

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