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Fort Madison officer cleared in fatal warehouse shooting

December 23, 2019 GMT

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors have cleared an officer who fatally shot an armed man at a warehouse in Fort Madison earlier this month.

Special Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown said in a news release Friday that Officer Cory Brown’s shooting of Robert Elfgen was “entirely legally justified.” The two Browns are not related.

On the night of Dec. 10, the officer and others were called to a Scott’s Miracle-Gro warehouse and encountered Elfgen. The 42-year-old West Point resident was armed with a handgun, authorities said, and several warehouse workers were nearby. Elfgen refused to follow Brown’s orders and was shot when he turned to flee. He died later at a hospital.

“Brown provided Elfgen every opportunity to end the confrontation peacefully. Instead, Elfgen continued the threat by attempting to flee while remaining armed,” the prosecutor said.

Elfgen had been searching the warehouse for a former girlfriend who worked there. He’d gone there after shooting a man elsewhere in Fort Madison, the Fort Madison Daily Democrat reported.