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Randall Co. deputies 'no-billed' following fatal shooting

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Randall County, TX -  The two Randall County Sheriff's deputies involved in a shooting that left a burglary suspect dead earlier this month have been 'no-billed.'

Wednesday, the Randall County Grand Jury found evidence gathered by the Texas Rangers prove deputies Cody Christian and Chase Ralston were legally justified to use deadly force against Matthew Dobbins, the burglary suspect.

The incident happened on Oct. 2 at a home off XIT Trail, south of Amarillo near McCormick Road. Dobbin's parents alerted the Randall County Sheriff's Office that their son broke into their home and there were weapons inside.

Deputies surrounded the house and created a perimeter. Eventually, Dobbins came outside, threw a hatchet at deputies and took off towards a sheriff's car, which had a loaded shotgun inside.

Deputies Christian and Ralston then shot Dobbins three times. He later died at the hospital from those injuries.

"They had every reason to believe he was armed with firearms in addition to the item that he threw at them," said Randall County District Attorney James Farren. "But even the item that he threw at them alone was capable of causing death or serious bodily injury. Under Texas law, they were justified in using deadly force to protect themselves and third parties."

The grand jury no-billed both deputies, meaning no criminal action will be taken against them for Dobbin's death.

"The person primarily responsible for these tragic events is Matthew Dobbins," said Farren. "He not only brought an end to his own life, but he brought sadness to the life of his family and created a situation these officers will have to live with for the rest of their lives."

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    Madison anchors the 4, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She joined NewsChannel10 as a reporter in October 2013.

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