The trooper who shot and killed an armed man outside the governor's office last month says he feared for his life and the governor's, according to a Denver district attorney's report that cleared the officer in the shooting.

State trooper Jay Hemphill says Aaron Snyder told him that QUOTE "No police are going to stop me" as the trooper radioed for help.

Hemphill says he tried to back away from Snyder to keep a safe distance between them but Snyder moved toward him.

The report says he then drew his gun, ordering Snyder to stop or he would kill him.

The report says Snyder ignored him and Hemphill fired four shots at him in about three seconds.

District Attorney Mitch Morrissey says the confrontation between Hemphill and Snyder happened an "unobstructed step away from the glass-windowed door" to the governor's office.

He says the QUOTE "fragile" circumstances meant Snyder could have gained entry to the office by simply knocking the trooper off balance.

The report said that Snyder's .357 revolver was fully loaded with seven rounds.

Thirteen more rounds were found in his left inside coat pocket.

A Bible was found in his left pants pocket.

Hemphill cannot return to work because the state patrol must still complete its own investigation first.


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