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Officer ruled justified in fatal shooting

KIOWA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma police officer has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a man as the two fought following a traffic stop.

The McAlester News-Capital reports ( ) that Kiowa officer Fred Hart was found to be justified in shooting 50-year-old Marvin Washington of Coweta.

Pittsburg County District Attorney Chuck Sullivan said Hart shot Washington on Jan. 30 outside a convenience store in Kiowa after stopping him for speeding. 

Investigators have said Hart was frisking Washington when he felt a gun in his coat pocket and Washington began to fight with him and tried to pull the weapon from his pocket when Hart opened fire, striking Washington twice.

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