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DA: No charges against Douglas Co. deputy in fatal shooting

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - No charges will be filed against a Douglas County sheriff's lieutenant who shot a distraught hitchhiker to death almost nine months ago. 

District Attorney Dan Blank said Thursday 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 hitchhiking 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. Closson then pointed a deer rifle, and the officer then shot the man three times. 

News reports at the time indicated that Closson was distraught over his ex-girlfriend -- and he snapped at a New Year's Eve party at his father's house in Gordon because nobody would lend him a car to go see the woman. 

Reports said Closson fired a couple shots in his dad's house, and possibly outside the home. No one was hurt in those shootings.

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