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Dec 12, 4:20 PM EST

Man killed by Canon City police was on parole

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Police in Canon City are investigating their second officer-involved shooting in less than a week involving assailants armed with knives.

A Canon City police officer shot and killed Brandon Atencio, 28, on Thursday as Atencio allegedly charged the officer with a knife.

Atencio had been on parole for a 2011 assault conviction in Colorado and also served time for robbery in Nebraska, The Gazette reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1uvOb0q ).

The name of the officer was withheld.

On Saturday, police Cpl. Andrew Sanders shot Hudson Clark, 32, of Penrose, five times after Clark stabbed the officer with an eight-inch knife. Clark survived the shooting.

Don Atencio, who identified himself as Brandon Atencio's uncle, told the newspaper that officers deserve to defend themselves but can also use non-lethal means to do so, such as stun guns. "I don't see the purpose of (using) a gun right away," he said.

According to Police Chief Paul Schultz, Sanders told Clark to stop even after he was injured before firing in self-defense, the Canon City Daily Record (http://bit.ly/1wJEum9 ) reported. Police were chasing Clark after he allegedly stole a handgun from a pawn shop.

Clark has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, two counts of menacing, attempted theft, theft and resisting arrest. It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer.

The day before Clark was shot, police were asked to do a welfare check on him because he was acting erratically.


Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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