Seneca County DA: Office justified in shooting suspect

After a violent confrontation involving a deputy shooting a suspect, the Seneca County District Attorney says the use of force against the suspect was legally justified. 40-year-old Aaron Russ was arrested on assault charges four weeks after his violent incident with deputies back in earlier June.

Deputies say they received a call about an "out of control" man who was arguing with a family member at 2945 Premption Street in the Seneca County town of Waterloo around 8:26 p.m on June 13th. The caller told deputies the man had been drinking and that his psychotropic medication was not working.

Deputies say the Russ is a parolee and had just removed his electronic ankle monitoring device before they arrived. When police arrived, they say he was acting aggressively and appeared to want a confrontation with police.

A uniformed deputy attempted to calm Russ down, but he became more agitated and attacked the deputy.

Officials say the deputy deployed a taser, which had no effect on Russ. Russ then reportedly began punching the in the face.

Officials say the deputy fired two shots with service weapon, shooting Russ in the right arm.

The deputy involved was placed on administrative leave, but returned to full duty last week after reviewing all the facts and circumstances.

The Seneca County Sheriff's Office says they thoroughly investigated the case and presented the files to District Attorney Barry Porsch. The DA says the deputy was justified in shooting the suspect based on physical evidence and three eyewitness statements.

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