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Published: Friday, 9/19/2008

Review board rules Toledo police shooting justified


The July 23 shooting of Allen Cole, a citizen who was walking along a city street with a gun, has been ruled justified, authorities said Friday.

A hearing to discuss the incident was held Thursday. The board voted 5-0, saying police Sgt. Keith Miller, Officer Ed Gust, and Officer Susan Surgo were justified in shooting Mr. Cole. Chief Mike Navarre concurred with the finding.

Mr. Cole, 40, of 6255 Telegraph Rd., Lot 246, Bedford Township, was fatally shot by police about 1:10 p.m. near North Detroit and East Crawford Avenue when he pulled a second gun from his waistband.

Toledo police approached Mr. Cole after his wife, Gail, called 911 and told them he had a gun and threatened to harm her and himself. He did not fire either of his weapons.

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