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LE CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A Le Sueur County sheriff’s deputy is facing a wrongful death lawsuit after fatally shooting a man he confronted about his driving.

The federal lawsuit filed by the father of Tyler Heilman accuses Deputy Todd Waldron of violating his son’s constitutional protections from unreasonable force. The 24-year-old Heilman was killed outside a Kasota apartment building in 2009 and the plain clothes deputy confronted him about erratic driving. Witnesses told investigators Heilman had Waldron in a choke hold before he was shot.

The Free Press says a grand jury did not find grounds for criminal charges against Waldron after hearing testimony from 21 witnesses in November 2009.

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