Grand jury clears Madisonville police in shooting

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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 10:00 AM

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A western Kentucky grand jury has cleared Madisonville police in the shooting death of a 35-year-old man who pulled a weapon last month.

Kentucky State Police said a Hopkins County grand jury heard evidence in the case Tuesday and declined to indict in the death of Douglas M. Seaton of Madisonville.

State police said Seaton was stopped by local police June 21 but fled, with officers pursuing him for about a mile. State police said Seaton got out of his vehicle, brandished a firearm and wouldn't comply with police commands as he approached officers. According to state police, Madisonville police fired shots, hitting Seaton, and he died at the scene.

State police said the two Madisonville officers, who weren't identified, were placed on paid administrative leave, which is agency policy.

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