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BOISE --Authorities have determined that a police officer's use of deadly force in the May 31st shooting death of Troy Epperley was justified.

Bannock County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Hiedeman announced that he'd found the shooting justifiable on Wednesday.

The incident in question happened just before midnight on May 31st.

Boise Police say that's when an officer shot and killed Epperley after the 37-year-old walked out of his garage at 6168 N. Sparkford Way and threatened officers with a handgun.

Officers say they instructed Epperley to stop and drop his weapon. After Epperley refused, he was shot once in the abdomen and later died in a nearby hospital.

Police say Epperley had previously sent a text message to his estranged wife saying he intended to commit suicide by cop.

The case was investigated by the Ada County Critical Incident Task Force and the Bannock County Prosecutor's Office.

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