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Soldier charged after confrontation with police

10:24 AM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
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Authorities say 34-year-old Stephen David Payne was shot Aug. 12 when he allegedly ignored orders and reached for a handgun in the front yard of a home in Fountain, a town near Fort Carson. 

Fountain police say they were responding to a report of a shot fired when Payne followed family members into the yard and reached for a handgun. Authorities say one officer shot Payne several times. 

Police say a review cleared the officer. Payne's wife and two children were unharmed. His attorney, Steve Benson, declined to comment. Fort Carson hasn't released Payne's rank or unit. 

Payne's next court appearance is Oct. 5.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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