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Lee County police shoot man brandishing firearm

CUSSETA, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Bureau of Investigation will review the circumstances under which deputies shot and killed a man at a Cusseta home who was accused of threatening officers with a gun.

Johnathan Stearns was shot multiple times Saturday morning and pronounced dead at a hospital in Columbus, Ga.

The shooting happened after authorities received a call reporting that Stearns was on a couch, had been drinking and was armed.

Investigators said three deputies arrived at the home and told Stearns to drop his weapon. The officers reported that they shot Stearns because he turned his firearm on them.

Sheriff Jay Jones told the Opelika-Auburn News that he believes the deputies acted appropriately. The Bureau of Investigation routinely investigates police-involved shootings.

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