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Clark County DA clears marshal in fugitive's killing

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Thomas Domagala, seen in his Arizona booking photo, was shot and killed during a chase with federal authorities on Sept. 19, 2012. Thomas Domagala, seen in his Arizona booking photo, was shot and killed during a chase with federal authorities on Sept. 19, 2012.
NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) -

The Clark County District Attorney said a U.S. Marshal who shot and killed a fugitive during a foot chase in North Las Vegas acted lawfully in September 2012 incident.

The district attorney's office released its "use of force" report in the shooting of 27-year-old Thomas Lars Domagala, who was considered a fugitive wanted on felony warrants in Arizona.

According to District Attorney Steve Wolfson, the U.S. Marshal who opened fire on Domagala commanded the armed suspect to put down his weapon during the chase on Sept. 19, 2012.

As described by the district attorney's office, Domagala, with a gun in his hand, was running towards the marshal and ignored commands to drop the weapon. One shot was fired at Domagala, which resulted in the man's death, the district attorney's office said.

Domagala had been under surveillance by authorities before the chase, the district attorney's office said.

The district attorney further disclosed the suspect had methamphetamine and amphetamine in his blood at the time, citing an autopsy.

"Mr. Domagala chose to flee officers and ignored commands to stop running and drop his weapon," Wolfson said. "He was running, with a gun in his hand, directly at a U.S. Marshal. His actions left the officer no choice but to defend himself, his fellow officers and the citizens in the area."

There will be no criminal charges against the marshal involved in the shooting as a result of the findings, Wolfson's office said.

The incident is not expected to undergo a police fatality fact-finding review. The district attorney's office said the incident involved a federal law enforcement officer and is outside the jurisdiction of the process.

The Clark County fact-finding review would otherwise examine the case involving state and local officers.

A full report on the incident can be found on the Clark County District Attorney's office website.

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