Investigation into killing of fugitive ends

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Authorities have determined that an officer's bullet meant for a fugitive during a manhunt in July instead hit the man's girlfriend, who later died.

An Arkansas State Police investigation into the death of 32-year-old Todd Bostian found that a deputy's round fired at Bostian instead hit 18-year-old Kasey Dawn Myers in the back.

Bostian was using Myers and another woman as human shields. Moments later, after Bostian jumped into a nearby lake, a sniper fired a shot that hit him in the head and killed him. Authorities closed the investigation Friday and Garland County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Oliver says two sheriff's deputies were justified in shooting Bostian.

Bostian, who had multiple felony convictions, went on a two-day rampage in July, stealing cars and breaking into homes. --- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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