- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) - A murder charge has been dropped against a former Dinwiddie County sheriff’s deputy who prosecutors say shot and killed his brother in self-defense.

Local news outlets report a judge withdrew the second-degree murder charge on Tuesday against Terrell Coles in the death of his brother Brandon Coles.

Terrell Coles fatally shot Brandon Coles on Aug. 21 during an altercation at the deputy’s home.

Authorities said Brandon Coles had retrieved his brother’s service weapon and refused to drop it when Terrell Coles shot him, fearing for his own life and those of his family.

Terrell Coles was fired as a deputy after the shooting.

Last month, a special grand jury convened to investigate the shooting recommended that Terrell Coles not be prosecuted, concluding that the killing was in self-defense.

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