Copy-Ohio sheriff defends fatal shooting of man with AR-15

MONTPELIER, Ohio (AP) - A northwest Ohio county sheriff says the shooting of a gravely ill man who pointed an assault weapon at deputies appears to be justified.

The Blade reports ( ) that Williams County Sheriff Steven Towns said the 59-year-old man pointed the rifle at deputies who'd been sent to the man's home near Montpelier Thursday morning for a welfare check. Other officers arrived and the man was shot by one of the officers after a standoff.

The sheriff told the newspaper that the officer was forced to shoot the man because he continued to point the rifle at officers. The man's brother told The Blade that the man had recently purchased an AR-15 rifle.

The brother says the man had been in hospice care for diabetes and kidney failure.

Information from: The Blade,

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