Federal jury clears Oklahoma deputy in fatal shooting

Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal jury has cleared a Mayes County deputy accused in a lawsuit of violating the civil rights of a man he fatally shot more than five years ago.

The Tulsa World reports that the jury in Tulsa on Thursday found that Deputy Kyle Wilson did not use excessive force in the Jan. 1, 2014, shooting death of 33-year-old Shane Bridges at Bridges’ home near Chelsea, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northeast of Tulsa.

Bridges’ widow, Janelle Bridges, argued that her husband was inside his home when Wilson shot through the closed front door, killing him.

Wilson, who was previously cleared of wrongdoing by the district attorney, said Bridges was on his front porch firing a handgun at him when he fired 13 times, striking Bridges twice.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com

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