- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

MCPHERSON, Kan. (AP) - A McPherson police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in the deadly shooting of a hit-and-run suspect.

McPherson County Attorney David Page said Friday in a statement that the June 2014 shooting of 56-year-old Timothy Ronald Lloyd was “lawful and justified.” The statement said the shooting happened after police were called to investigate a hit-and-run accident in the central Kansas community.

Officers quickly located an abandoned vehicle that was damaged. The search for the man seen running away from it ended when he was spotted in a ditch. The statement said Lloyd refused to put up his hands and charged at an officer while twice yelling “shoot me.”

The officer told investigators he opened fire after Lloyd pulled an object from his waistband. Lloyd died at a McPherson hospital.

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