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Fatal police shooting in Altona, NY

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A somber day at the Clinton County Sheriff's department in Plattsburgh -- one day after a deputy shot and killed a man.

"It's a very difficult situation for law enforcement to have to deal with in a case like this," said Clinton County Sheriff David Favro.

Sunday afternoon two deputies went to the Altona home of 28-year old Dusty Clark. They were serving him a warrant for failure to appear for a misdemeanor motor vehicle violation.  When they entered the home, deputies said Clark grabbed a knife and charged them.

After a deputy gave four distinct warnings, Sheriff Favro said Clark refused to drop the knife. "He gave the four commands very clearly, very distinctly, very loudly, repeatedly," he said.
"Any knife any firearm, when it's in your face and being used for the purpose of threatening your life, appears to be very significant."

That's when the deputy used his taser. But deputies say the taser didn't stop him. Sheriff Favro said his deputy then took out his gun and shot four rounds at Clark -- all of them striking Clark in the chest. Clark was pronounced dead an hour later.

"Even afterwards all the investigators, people that want to claim to be experts can analyze a situation. But no one person will actually be able to say what was going on through the mind of that individual when their life was being threatened," Sheriff Favro said.

Police are not issuing the names of the deputies that responded or the deputy who killed Clark, but they said all used self defense properly.  "To be able to deploy his taser and to effectively deploy his firearm is excellent use of his training and his experience and very good judgement in this particular case," Sheriff Favro said.

Police said Clark was an ex-marine and had no criminal record prior to the charges he was about to face.   

Investigators are awaiting toxicology results to see if Clark was using alcohol or drugs.

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