Mississippi County Prosecutor Scott Ellington has issued a report concluding that an FBI agent was justified in fatally shooting Brandon Fountain, 26, during a planned search of Fountain’s Osceola home in the course of a child pornography investigation.

Fountain had picked up a weapon and Special Agent Ryan Barrett was justified in shooting Fountain to protect himself and a fellow law officer, Ellington said.

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The victim’s father had raised questions about the shooting Feb. 8. Ellington discussed the finding with the family yesterday.

Prosecutor Ellington also sent this letter to U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer setting out the statutory justifications for the shooting.

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