Ex-Dodge City Cop Charged with Murder

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Charges against a former Dodge City police officer in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend have been upgraded to first-degree murder.

Chris Tahah was bound over for trial Tuesday in the May 4 death of Erin Jones, who died after being shot with a .270 caliber rifle through an exterior door to her bedroom. Tahah had seen Jones dancing with another man at a bar earlier that night.

Tahah told investigators that he had talked himself out of shooting Jones and that the rifle fired as he lowered it outside the door. But prosecutors said that as a policeman, Tahah should have known better than to put his finger on the trigger until ready to shoot.

Tahah was arrested May 11 in eastern Colorado after being chased on Interstate 70 in a sport utility vehicle that had been reported stolen in Denver.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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