Deputy deemed justified in shooting that killed bat-wielding suspect

Body camera footage shows a fatal deputy-involved shooting Jan. 6 in Pottawatomie County. (Pottawatomie County District Attorney's Office)

A fatal deputy-involved shooting in Pottawatomie County has been deemed justified.

The Pottawatomie County District Attorney's Office reports that on Jan. 6 a Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office deputy shot and killed 39-year-old Jonathan Leroy.

The deputy was responding to complaints that Leroy was attacking family members when he encountered the man along the road near the intersection of Memorial Road and Fishmarket Road.

The deputy confronted Leroy as he walked down the road carrying a baseball bat. Leroy can be seen on video continuing to advance towards the deputy and failing to drop the bat.

Leroy was shot by the deputy and later died.

Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smotherman says a ruling on the shooting was so quickly made because of the body camera footage.

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