Police shooting justified

Police shooting justified

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Lowndes County grand jury says the shooting death of a man in Valdosta by a Lowndes County Sheriff's Deputy in April was justified.

Two deputies opened fire on Dexter Bethea while he was in his car in the parking lot of the Econo Lodge on April 8 after the deputies say he hit one of them as he was attempting to get away as deputies were attempting to arrest him during a drug bust.

The grand jury also recommended that all sheriff's deputies begin wearing body cameras.

"We were already in the process of testing these units and moving in that direction. So, we just take this as a confirmation of the plan that we already had set in place; that this is a confirmation that we're moving in the right direction," said Lt. Stryde Jones of the Lowndes Co. Sheriff's Office

During the county's budget hearings earlier this year, the sheriff's office did request funding for body cameras, but the funding request was denied.

Jones says the sheriff's office has not set a deadline for when all deputies may begin wearing cameras.

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