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DA: Sparta police sergeant ruled justified in fatal suspect shooting

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SPARTA, WI (WTAQ) - A police sergeant in Sparta is back at work, after prosecutors said he did nothing wrong when he shot an armed suspect to death.

Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger said Booker Ferguson acted within the law when he shot and killed 21-year-old John Bartholomew last October.

Ferguson responded to a 911 call from Bartholomew's father, who told a dispatcher that his son was drinking and threatening his parents. The D.A. said he found that Bartholomew was carrying two knives when he confronted Sergeant Ferguson on a street.

The report said Bartholomew ignored repeated requests to drop the knives -- so the officer shot him three times.

D.A. Croninger said Ferguson acted correctly, noting there was not enough time to use a less lethal method of getting the suspect into custody.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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