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Deputies cleared in motorist’s death

The Associated Press - July 22, 2019 11:33 am

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) – Two Wagoner County sheriff’s deputies who fought with and used stun guns on a motorist who later died have been cleared of wrongdoing.

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott announced Monday that deputies Nick Orr and Kaleb Phillips have returned to full-duty status.

District Attorney Jack Thorp cleared the officers after reviewing the investigation into the July 1 death of Jeffrey Krueger of Texas.

Thorp says the investigation revealed Krueger fought with Phillips and attempted to take his firearm before Orr arrived. Thorp says both deputies then fought with Krueger and used stun guns on him to try and take him into custody.

Thorp says deputies summoned an ambulance after Krueger had been handcuffed and noticed he was having trouble breathing. He was taken to a hospital where he died.

 

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