Prosecutor Won't Charge Deputy in Fatal Shooting

6 years 11 months 5 days ago Friday, November 11 2011 Nov 11, 2011 Friday, November 11, 2011 8:24:00 AM CST November 11, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Greene County sheriff's deputy will not be charged in the fatal shooting of a woman last month.

Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson says the deputy was justified in the Oct. 4 shooting of 46-year-old Tammy Robinette of Mountain Grove near Republic.

On the night of the shooting, Robinette's boyfriend told police that she was drunk and said she would resist any officer who stopped her as she drove to Joplin.

Greene County Sheriff's Deputy Matthew Keatts eventually stopped Robinette. Police say she twice pulled the trigger on a handgun but it did not fire at Keatts. The deputy fired back, hitting Robinette in the head.

An autopsy showed Robinette's blood alcohol level was .225 percent. The legal limit in Missouri is .08 percent.

 

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