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By Fanna Haile-Selassie

Deputy cleared in shooting case

Rochester, MN (KTTC-DT) --

Almost three months after an Olmsted County deputy shot and killed a robbery suspect, he is cleared of any wrong-doing in the shooting.

The Freeborn County Attorney announced he will not hold any charges against Olmsted county deputy Christopher Wallace. Deputy Wallace shot and killed 33-year-old David Paquin in early September.

"This was necessary and justified used of deadly force given the circumstances."

At the time, Paquin was the suspect of the recent robbery of the People's State Bank in Elgin. Wallace and his K-9 deputy followed Paquin and another man while they were trying to flee law enforcement in a vehicle. Eventually Paquin fled the car and Wallace chased after him in to the woods near the Douglas Trail.

"Chris had his gun out of course and was backing away from him and telling him, 'Put the knife down, put the knife down, put the knife down.' And he didn't, and Chris was backing away from him and ended up backing against a tree. And Paquin kept coming at him, so he shot him," explains Olmsted county sheriff Steve VonWald.

VonWald says the one shot went through the chest, killing Paquin. He also says the investigation shows that witnesses did hear Wallace tell Paquin to drop his gun.

"The guy was obviously a bad person. He was going to kill one of our officers. He was going to kill Chris, we're convinced of that. And Chris to his life to save his own life, and that's the most important thing to us, is how is Chris and his family, and how's he doing," says VonWald.

Wallace took 5 days off after the shooting to mentally recover from the incident. He has since been working with the Sheriff's office during the time of the investigation.

Now that the Freeborn county attorney is done with the report, the Olmsted county sheriff's office will conduct its own internal investigation with its Shooting Review Board. This is part of standard procedure.

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