Deputies ruled justified in fatal shooting of Kansas man

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Two Saline County sheriff’s deputies have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the Jan. 7 shooting of a central Kansas man who pointed a semi-automatic handgun at them.

The Salina Journal reports the officers returned to duty on Tuesday, five weeks after fatally shooting 35-year-old Brock D. Nichols near Assaria.

Sheriff Glen Kochanowski says County Attorney Ellen Mitchell concluded that the use of force was lawful and justified.

The deputies were sent to Nichols’ home northeast of Assaria to check the welfare of a toddler. Nichols was shot after he went into a dark bedroom, spun around and pointed a gun at the deputies.

The sheriff did not identify the two deputies, who were doing as “well as expected” in returning to work.

 

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