Prosecutors: Utah man who shot would-be carjacker acted within bounds of state law

Prosecutors say a man who shot and killed a would-be carjacker outside a Utah grocery store will not face criminal charges.

The Utah County Attorney's Office says in a statement distributed Friday that the shooter acted within the bounds of Utah law. They are not releasing the man's name.

The incident occurred on May 2 in a grocery store parking lot in Orem, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. Prosecutors say the shooter was lawfully carrying a concealed firearm and shot Taulagi Matafeo once in the chest after Matafeo lunged and grabbed the man's weapon.

The 26-year-old Matafeo died from the gunshot wounds.

Utah County prosecutors say the shooter was justified because he intervened in a forcible felony and acted to prevent death or serious injury to others.