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Updated: 02/16/2017 01:19:01AM

Prosecutors clear man who shot deputy’s attacker

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FORT MYERS (AP) — A southwest Florida man who killed a driver who was attacking a Lee County deputy will not be prosecuted.

The News-Press reports that the State Attorney’s Office determined this week that 35-year-old Ashad Russell acted lawfully last year in shooting Edward Strother on an Interstate 75 exit ramp in Estero.

Authorities say Deputy Dean Bardes was assisting with a crash on Nov. 14 when Strother nearly hit the deputy with his car. Bardes pursued Strother.

Officials say Strother attacked the deputy. Russell, who has a concealed weapons permit, arrived and told Strother to stop. The attack reportedly continued, and Russell shot Strother.


Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press,

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