DA: Westminster officers who killed bank robbers were justified
April 23, 2010
WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) – A Denver-area prosecutor says police were justified when they fired more than 100 rounds at a couple gunned down after a bank robbery in November.
Adams County District Attorney Don Quick says all the officers pursuing 35-year-old Christian Benshoof and 25-year-old Ashley Johnson were faced with deadly force. Authorities say the two fired at police as they led them on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph.
Quick says two Westminster police were hit.
Benshoof, who was driving the car, was shot nine times. Johnson, who was in the back seat of the car, was also hit nine times.
Authorities say the couple robbed a Westminster bank of $8,400.