Prosecutor: IM officer justified in fatal shooting

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Aug. 27 officer-involved fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man in Breitung Township was justified, Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards announced in a statement today.

Evidence supports the conclusion that Iron Mountain Police Department Officer Cory Johnson was in danger of being killed or seriously injured when he came under fire by Riley Starnes and acted to defend himself, Richards said.

Johnson was treated for multiple puncture wounds on his left temple and cheek, and glass fragments embedded in his left scalp, according to the statement. He also had moderate left side hearing loss and abrasions on his hand, finger and knee, the statement reads.

Starnes died of three gunshot wounds — one to the chest, one to the flank and one to the hip. A drug test found Starnes was positive for amphetamine, benzodiazepine, buprenorphine and marijuana at the time, according to the statement.

For more information on Richards’ report, check back at www.ironmountaindailynews.com or see Saturday’s edition of The Daily News.

Read the full report here.