Utah man who shot would-be carjacker will not be charged

Brady McCombs for the Associated Press reported this morning:

A man who shot and killed a would-be carjacker outside a Utah grocery store will not face criminal charges, prosecutors have ruled.

The shooter acted within the bounds of Utah law when he intervened after hearing the screams of a woman whose car the suspect was trying to steal, the Utah County Attorney’s Office said in a statement distributed Friday.

The man, whose name is not being released, was lawfully carrying a concealed firearm on May 2 in a grocery store parking lot in Orem, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Prosecutors say the bystander shot Taulagi Matafeo, 26, once in the chest after Matafeo lunged and grabbed the man’s weapon. Matafeo died from the gunshot wounds.

The bystander was justified because he intervened in a forcible felony and acted to prevent death or serious injury to others, prosecutors said.

Read the rest of the story at ABC News.