Milwaukee deputy cleared in lakefront fatal shooting

Terry Williams, Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Truax
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Prosecutors say a Milwaukee sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a man in an SUV last year was justified in killing him because the man's reckless driving posed a threat.

Deputy Michael Truax shot 19-year-old Terry Williams after Williams failed to obey a traffic sign and drove off a road and onto grassy public space on Milwaukee's lakefront on June 2017. The area is heavily populated during summer months.

Prosecutors said in their decision letter Wednesday that Truax shot Williams as Williams drove toward the deputy.

Truax has been on leave pending the conclusion of the investigation and he's now back to his regular duties.

Williams' family declined to comment through a representative.

Prosecutors say Williams had marijuana and opiates in his system when he died.