Judge rules deadly shooting by police officer justified

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Dothan (WTVY)-- A federal judge ruled Thursday that a Dothan police officer acted reasonably when she shot a man to death.

The shooting occurred in December 2014 when Robert Lawrence attempted to drop off a dog at the Dothan Animal Shelter.

When an employee asked him for identification, as required, Lawrence refused to provide it and the situation escalated into a confrontation with Sergeant Adrianne Woodruff and another officer.

Video captured from an in-car police camera appears to show Lawrence, during a struggle, attempted to grab Woodruff's taser before she shot him.

A wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Lawrence's estate followed and a judge later seemed to question whether Woodruff's actions were justified.

However, the latest ruling by another judge ends the case unless an appeal is filed.

Woodruff, the animal shelter's supervisor, later retired.