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Police Chief: Officers Acted Properly In Shooting Of Clayton Resident

Posted June 24, 2004

— Clayton's police chief said his officers acted properly when they shot a man Monday night.

Police officers had been searching a neighborhood for an escaped felon when Manuel Pena heard noises outside and came out of his trailer with a rifle.

Pena does not speak English. The chief said his officers used Spanish in ordering Pena to drop the gun. When he did not drop his weapon, they shot him twice in the shoulder.

Pena's son disputes that version and wants to know why police fired more than a dozen bullets at his father. The chief said his investigation may wrap up later on Thursday.

Pena, meanwhile, has been upgraded from critical to good condition.

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