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CRIME AND COURT ROUNDUP: No charges filed against Douglas County sheriff's lieutenant who killed a hitch-hiker

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No charges will be filed against a Douglas County sheriff's lieutenant who shot a distraught hitch-hiker to death almost nine months ago. District Attorney Dan Blank said yesterday that Lieutenant Christopher Hoyt was faced with a deadly threat, and he acted reasonably when he shot-and-killed 21-year-old Andrew Closson. Closson was hitch-hiking New Year's Day on Highway 53, about 40 miles south of Superior. Blank said Hoyt stopped his squad car and told Closson to show his hands.


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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte has been with the Herald since 2006. He covers County government and anything else that happens in Pierce County on a daily basis.
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