Jury clears deputy in civil lawsuit over shooting

LEXINGTON, KY (AP) - A federal jury has cleared deputy sheriff in central Kentucky in a civil lawsuit over a shooting.

The lawsuit accused Bourbon County Deputy Ed Rodgers of using excessive force after he shot an unarmed man in a dark field.

Rodgers was sent in 2007 to check the welfare of Robert Brewer, who had been drinking, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Rodgers testified that when he arrived, he saw a weapon and thought he had been fired on so he fired his gun.

Brewer's attorneys questioned how reasonable it was that Rodgers believed Brewer had a gun since no weapon was ever found.

The jury reached the verdict Nov. 10. Two previous trials ended with juries not being able to reach a verdict.

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