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Inquest scheduled in Ravalli County fatal shooting by deputy

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HAMILTON, Montana — A coroner's inquest will be held Dec. 8 in the death of 47-year-old man shot by a Ravalli County Sheriff's deputy last March.

The county attorney will empanel a jury to review evidence and determine if the shooting was justified under Montana law.

Lonnie Gene Roberts was shot and killed by Deputy Tod Wofford at a residence southeast of Hamilton on the evening of March 6.

State investigators say Roberts apparently was distraught about problems he was having with his girlfriend and that he picked up a gun and pointed it at Wofford, who had responded to a 911 call.

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