- Associated Press - Thursday, January 29, 2015

BLOUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A Blount County grand jury has cleared a sheriff’s deputy of wrongdoing in a 24-year-old man’s shooting death.

Al.com reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/1ESfrNL ) that charges won’t be filed in the Nov. 3, 2014 death of Caleb Joseph Ryan. Sheriff Loyd Arrington has said Ryan was shot after a deputy pursued him during a domestic disturbance call and the two got into a fight.

Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey says investigators determined that the deputy tried using alternative methods to subdue Ryan before he fired his weapon.

Investigators say Ryan choked the officer, tried gouging one of his eyes and reached for his Taser before he was shot. Casey says toxicology tests also showed that Ryan had a .132 blood-alcohol level and controlled substances in his system at the time.

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