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By Katie Teachout
The Journal 

Policeman cleared to return to duty

Investigators find shooting of machete-wielding man was justified


Last updated 5/18/2020 at 10:52pm

By Katie Teachout

The Journal

RITZIVLLE — Law enforcement officer Jeff Lane is back on duty after an investigative team ruled his use of lethal force was justified.

Lane, who works for both the Police Department and Adams County Sheriff’s Office, shot and killed Shawn Lee, 48, of Susanville, Calif., during the early morning hours of April 12.

The machete-wielding Lee advanced on the officer and a Washington State Patrol trooper.

Lane first used his Taser to try to stop Lee, but that attempt was ineffective, according to an investigative report and video footage.

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