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US judge: Va. deputy's deadly action justified

Friday - 12/30/2011, 5:58pm  ET

ROANOKE, Va. - A judge in Roanoke says a Franklin County sheriff's deputy was justified when he shot and killed a man during a police call in July 2010.

The Roanoke Times ( reports that the decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Samuel Wilson clears deputy Riley Hodges and the sheriff's office of all civil claims in the death of George MacAfee "Max" Frye.

Hodges fatally shot Frye after being sent to a house where he found Frye, argumentative, intoxicated and waving a snub-nosed revolver. He was quarreling with his girlfriend.

Hodges repeatedly ordered Frye to drop his weapon, then opened fire after the man fired a shot.

Wilson said Hodges had to make a "split-second judgment" under conditions that were tense and rapidly evolving.


Information from: The Roanoke Times,

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