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OFFICER WHO SHOT MAN TO HALT SUICIDE IS CLEARED

A grand jury has cleared a Johnstown police officer of wrongdoing for shooting a man in the leg to prevent him from committing suicide.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said Sgt. Jamie
Allen had no intention of killing Gerald Christman, 54, during the Sept. 29 standoff.

The grand jury charged Christman with endangering the welfare of a child and harassment. He is due in court Dec. 15.

Christman's wife called police when her husband got a shotgun after a domestic dispute and, while their two children looked on, threatened suicide.

When authorities arrived, Christman fled to the woods behind the house and eventually pointed the shotgun at his neck. That was when Allen shot him.

A court order bars Christman, a real estate agent and former member of the Greater Johnstown School Board, from any contact with his family.

Allen returned to full duty Friday after having been placed on administrative duty.

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