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SBI: Johnston Deputy Justified In Shooting Suspect

Posted January 22, 2004 5:59 a.m. EST

— The State Bureau of Investigation has ruled a Johnton County sheriff's deputy was justified in shooting a suspect after a high-speed chase.

Deputy Brian Clifton tried to pull over Gerald O'Neal back in October.

After a brief car chase, O'Neal reportedly took off on foot. He and Clifton got into a struggle over Clifton's weapons.

Authorities say Clifton grabbed his gun and shot O'Neal twice to protect himself. O'Neal is paralyzed from the waist down.