An Iowa prosecutor says a state agent had a gun pointed to his head during a botched undercover drug operation, and was justified in killing the man and injuring another.
Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness said Friday that Division of Narcotics Enforcement agent Daniel Stepleton won't be charged in the Aug. 16 shooting that left Ivan Hardemon dead and Demarco Dudley injured.
Lyness says Stepleton and another undercover agent showed up at a trailer to purchase drugs as part of an investigation. Two men appeared from a back room with their faces covered and holding clubs, and Hardemon pulled a handgun that he put to Stepleton's head.
During an altercation, Stepleton managed to pull his gun from his back waistband and shoot four times, striking Hardemon and Dudley.