- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - A coroner’s inquest has determined that a Ravalli County Sheriff’s deputy was justified in the shooting death of a man last spring.

Lonnie Gene Roberts was shot and killed by Deputy Tod Wofford at a residence southeast of Hamilton on the evening of March 6.

State investigators say Roberts apparently was distraught about problems he was having with his girlfriend and that he picked up a gun and pointed it at Wofford, who had responded to a 911 call.

The decision by jurors in the inquest was unanimous Monday.

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