The Record-Courier reports the Portage County prosecutor has sent a letter to Kent's police chief saying Hudson police Sgt. Kevin Gahagan was justified in shooting 27-year-old Christopher Carter in a basement laundry room at an apartment complex in Kent.
Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said in the letter the SWAT team negotiated with Carter for eight hours while he held a 23-year-old woman hostage.
Vigluicci says officers entered the laundry room when it appeared the woman was in "imminent danger," with Carter holding a knife to her throat.
Gahagan, the first officer inside the laundry room, shot Carter once in the neck.
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