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Michael Habay killed after wielding knife wearing "body armor," Boulder cops say

Does the gear worn while dirt biking or taking part in paintball games qualify as "body armor"? That's among the assertions made by the Boulder Police Department in explaining the fatal shooting of Michael Habay, 42, by a BPD officer. And while an investigation of the events that led to Habay's death are under investigation, the info released by the department thus far comes across as an argument that the shoot was justified -- a sort of preemptive charm offensive accompanied by shots of the weapons the man had on him when he died.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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