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Police: Driver who shot man acted in self-defense

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police say a driver who shot and killed a man climbing into his SUV likely won’t be arrested because it was apparently self-defense.

Police Lt. Dan McGrath tells the Review-Journal the driver warned the man before firing the fatal shots late Sunday.

He says the SUV full of people, including a baby, stopped to let another driver know there was a man clinging to his pickup truck.

But when the SUV came to a halt, the man went over to it instead.

McGrath say a teenager in the back seat was fighting off the intruder when the driver grabbed a gun and hit the man with it.

Police say he kept coming and ignored the warning before the driver fired. He died at the hospital. He was not immediately identified.

Utah snowmobiler dies in Wyoming avalanche

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A 35-year-old Utah man has died in an avalanche in southwestern Wyoming.

Officials with the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center say Brennan Walpole of Spanish Fork, Utah, was with a group of 15 to 18 riders when the slide was triggered at about 1 p.m. Friday.

Avalanche Center Director Bob Comey tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that the group was able to dig Walpole out of the snow after 8 to 10 minutes, but he was unconscious. They began CPR, sent an emergency alert using a satellite messenger and a search and rescue responders arrived by 3 p.m. Walpole was flown to the hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he died.

Two other snowmobilers were partially buried, but escaped without injury.

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Kayakers find body near dam in Boise

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Kayakers discovered a body along the Greenbelt near the Diversion Dam off Highway 21 in Boise, Idaho.

KBOI-TV reports that the Ada County Sheriff’s Office says the body was found shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday about 100 yards east of the dam.

It appears the man had been deceased for several days.

His personal belongings were found nearby along the Greenbelt.

Detectives found no obvious signs of foul play. The investigation is ongoing.

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