- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A jury has cleared two former Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputies of wrongdoing in the death of a 28-year-old man who they shot as he was driving toward them in a stolen vehicle.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1KZdcKH ) that an inquest had been called to determine whether Jason Robinson and Christopher Rudolph acted criminally in the shooting. A jury ruled Wednesday that the deputies were justified in the January 2015 death of Loren Simpson.

County Attorney Scott Twito could still decide to file charges against the deputies, who both resigned five days after the shooting.

The deputies had previously told investigators they felt threatened as the vehicle driven by Simpson came toward them.

Simpson’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county that’s pending in Montana U.S. District Court.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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