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JURY: Livingston officers justified in shooting death

A jury found March 30 that two Livingston police officers used justified self-defense in the Jan. 2 shooting death of a man outside Shopko.

The jury determined Livingston Police Department officers Kevin Engle and Andrew Emanuel were not criminally responsible in the death of Sean O’Brien.

The inquest into the death revealed O’Brien, 37, had methamphetamine in his system when the officers fired 17 shots after a stun gun proved ineffective.

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Photos by HUNTER D’ANTUONO / Yellowstone Newspapers

CUTLINES:

1. Livingston police officer Kevin Engle testifies March 30 during a coroner's inquest in the City-County Complex Community Room. Engle was one of two officers who shot and killed Sean O'Brien outside of the Livingston Shopko Jan 2. after police said O'Brien charged the officers with a knife. 

2. Livingston police officer Andrew Emanuel testifies March 30 during a coroner's inquest in the City-County Complex Community room. Emanuel was one of two officers who shot and killed Sean O'Brien outside of the Livingston Shopko on Jan 2. after police said O'Brien charged the officers with a knife. 

3.  Lt. Arlyn Greydanus of the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office displays the knife Sean O'Brien brandished during the confrontation with the two Livingston police officers. 

4. Park County Attorney Bruce Becker questions witnesses from the podium March 30 during a coroner's inquest in the City-County Complex Community Room.

5. Park County Coroner Al Jenkins is pictured March 30 during a coroner's inquest for the death of Sean O'Brien in the City-County Complex Community Room.