Deputy cleared in fatal southeast Mo. shooting
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) - A seven-person southeast Missouri jury has cleared a Butler County sheriff's deputy of any criminal negligence in the fatal shooting of a 59-year-old man in late May.
KFVS-TV reports that the jury decided unanimously Wednesday that the deputy acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Frank Smody after responding to a burglary call after midnight on May 24.
The deputy's name has not been publicly released. The officer was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the public inquest into the shooting.
The deputy testified that he heard a gunshot and then saw a muzzle flash before firing his weapon. The officer said he twice identified himself before firing.
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