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Benton Co. Prosecutor Calls Finley Homicide Justified

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Benton County's prosecutor says the shooting death of a Finley man two weeks ago was a justified act of defense.

Benton County prosecutor Andy Miller said the killing of Jerry Barton was justified under Washington law as an act of defense.

Benton County deputies responded to the shooting on East Bowles Road in Finley on March 22nd and found Barton shot dead.

Miller said Timothy Brown told officers that he shot Barton after Barton assaulted his grandfather by pulling him off a four wheeler and beating him on the ground.

Brown told detectives he feared Barton would hurt his grandfather or him.

Miller said Brown fired two warning shots in the air before shooting Barton once in the chest.

"Under Washington State law it is clear that Mr. Brown's actions were legally justified and probably were the actions that those of us at this table probably would've taken under the same situation," Miller said.

Miller said Brown's accounts of the shooting match witness statements from Brown's grandfather and Brown's sister.

Miller said Brown used reasonable force by firing one shot and said the shooting was justifiable under Washington state law.