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OFFICER CLEARED IN WSU SHOOTING

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A Weber State University police officer who shot and killed a gun-wielding student after he himself was wounded has been cleared by a county attorney's investigation.

Weber County Attorney Mark DeCaria said Wednesday that his review of the July 8 shooting found that Sgt. Kent Kiernan was forced to gun down Mark Duong after Duong opened fire in a student grievance hearing.During the gunbattle, Kiernan; an attorney, Richard Hill; and Duong's accuser, Tuan Nguyen, were wounded. Duong, 28, died of multiple gunshots.

Duong, apparently fearing expulsion after being accused of harassing Nguyen's wife, stood up at the end of the hearing, pulled out a revolver and began shooting.

Kiernan, though shot in the nose and hand, ordered Duong to drop the weapon. Instead, Duong shot again, and Kiernan pumped five bullets into the gunman.

DeCaria said his decision was that Kiernan was "entirely justified in discharging his weapon in the line of duty."

DeCaria said his full report will be turned over to Weber State officials, who plan to conduct their own investigation.

Duong had emigrated from Vietnam in the early 1980s and was one class short of graduation as a computer science major. Friends speculated he couldn't bear the thought of being kicked out of school.