Northern Kentucky grand jury clears deputy

WARSAW, Ky. (AP) - A northern Kentucky grand jury has cleared a sheriff's deputy involved in a fatal shooting last spring.

Gallatin County Commonwealth's Attorney Linda Tally Smith said she determined after a Kentucky State Police investigation that Deputy Edwin Caldwell's use of deadly force was justified but wanted the grand jury to review it.

The grand jury met Monday and declined to return any criminal charges.

Caldwell responded to a 911 call on April 12 to a home where 41-year-old Gary A. Burdine Jr. lived. Smith said in a statement that as Caldwell was leaving, Burdine approached him from behind, said he was going to shoot the deputy, pulled a pistol and pointed it at the deputy. Smith said the deputy drew his service weapon and fired four shots, killing Burdine.

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