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Itasca County deputy won't face charges in fatal shooting

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An Itasca County Sheriff's deputy won't be charged with a crime in the fatal shooting of a Cohasset man over the summer.

Stephen Snyder was placed on administrative leave after he fatally shot 31-year-old Adam Schneider outside of his home on Aug. 22.

Sheriff's deputies responding to a disturbance call at Schneider's home found him outside with a shotgun. Officials said he ignored repeated orders to drop the gun before Snyder shot him.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated the shooting, finding that the law enforcement officers who responded, as well as nearby citizens, "faced the threat of great bodily harm as a result of Mr. Schneider’s actions,” the Star Tribune reports.

The Itasca County Attorney's Office determined the use of deadly force was justified, the Duluth News Tribune says, and Snyder was cleared of any wrongdoing.

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