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Deadly Force Ruled Justified In Stearns County Deputy Shooting Last Fall

01/28/2013 - 2:30 AM

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The Stearns County Attorney’s office says that the deputy who shot and injured Marcus Michael Barshaw in October will not be charged.

According to an investigation conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and a decision made by Stearns County Chief Attorney Michael Lieberg , deputy Chad Meemken’s use of deadly force was justified to protect himself and other law enforcement, also to prevent Barshaw’s escape.

28-year-old Barshaw was indicted by a Stearns County Grand Jury for first degree murder in the killing of Jeffery Schultz. According to police, Barshaw had shot 30-year-old Shultz multiple times on Oct. 21 in Rockville.

According to the statement of probable cause, Meemken shot Barshaw later on that day after he came out of an apartment holding what was believed to be an assault rifle. Barshaw did not put down his weapon when he was told to by police. Meemken shot and injured Barshaw as he began to point his weapon at Meemken.