BOISE, Idaho — A special prosecutor says police officers who shot and killed a man who was threatening hikers on a popular Idaho trail earlier this year were justified in their actions.

Boise police were responding to reports that a man had pointed a gun at hikers and shot and killed a dog in the Boise foothills last March when Benjamin Barnes, 42, began shooting at them. The officers returned fire, and Barnes died of a gunshot injury. None of the officers were injured.

Blaine County Prosecutor Jim Thomas was asked to investigate the shooting, a step typically taken after all officer-involved shootings.

In a statement released Friday, Thomas said the officers involved in the foothills shooting used lawful legal force and they followed the steps they had been trained to take in reaction to a deadly threat.

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