TUCSON, Ariz. — A panel has found an Arizona police officer who shot an armed suspect to have been justified in his use of deadly force.

The Tucson Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/2tXaLLr ) the Tucson Police Department administrative board says Officer Ryder Schrage made significant attempts to communicate with the suspect, but was “forced into a dangerous position.”

While the July 8, 2016, shooting was justified, the board found a number of issues with how the situation played out and it said there was “some opportunity for improvement in the areas of policy, training, equipment and tactics.”

The board recommended changes be implemented within the department.

In November, the Pima County Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against Schrage, saying he reasonably feared for his safety in the shooting death of Abraham Smith.

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