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Prosecutor clears Wagoner police officer in deadly shooting

Posted at 6:41 PM, Dec 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-29 19:41:21-05

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma district attorney has cleared a Wagoner police officer in the deadly shooting of a man who acted erratically after a traffic stop last month.

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The Muskogee Phoenix reports District Attorney Jack Thorp ruled the Nov. 11 shooting of 52-year-old Elisha Edward Kelley was a justified use of deadly force by Wagoner police officer Buddy Rose.

In a letter to investigators with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Thorp wrote that Rose fired only after a series of erratic and aggressive behaviors by Kelley. Thorp says Kelley refused the officer's commands to show his hands, hiding what turned out to be a green tape measure in his left hand.

Thorp says Kelley's son who was in the vehicle confirmed his father appeared to be a threat to the officer.

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