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Police: Fatal shooting of suspect justified

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FRANKFORT, KY (WLEX) - Frankfort police say a preliminary investigation indicates the fatal shooting of a suspect last month was justified.

Police say a woman called 911 around 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 30, saying an armed man had her trapped inside of a home along Winding Way Drive. She told them Gary Meadows pointed a gun at her and threatened to shoot anybody who came into the house. Frankfort police set up a perimeter and sent in the tactical response unit, along with a negotiator.

Officers made contact with the woman by phone, and she told them she had locked herself in another part of the house, away from Meadows.

Police tried to get Meadows to put down the gun and come out of the house for several hours.

Police say at some point, Meadows suddenly came outside brandishing a handgun. Officers commanded him to drop the gun. According to police, officers opened fire when Meadows pointed the gun at them.

Police say the two officers involved were Todd Smither, 31, and Bill Graves 30, both members of the tactical response unit. Smither joined Frankfort P.D. in 2005. Graves came on in 2011, but had previous law enforcement experience, according to police department officials.

Frankfort police released a statement on the preliminary investigation Tuesday.

"Information gathered by Frankfort Police Department detectives, conducting the internal administrative investigation, indicates that in review of the totality of the circumstances, reasonable force was used in this incident, and furthermore, the actions of the involved officers were within guidelines and in compliance with Frankfort Police Department policies and procedures."

This internal administrative investigation by the Frankfort Police Department continues.

Kentucky State Police are also investigating. When concluded, the results of this investigation will be forwarded to the office of the Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland.

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