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Federal authorities clear FBI agent in May shooting at MacDill

TAMPA — Federal authorities have cleared a Tampa FBI agent in the shooting death of Ronald J. Bullock, who was killed in a standoff at MacDill Air Force Base on May 19.

The agent, whom the FBI will not name, "operated within the scope of the FBI's deadly force policy," a statement released Thursday states.

The decision came from the Shooting Incident Review Group, which analyzes FBI-involved shootings.

According to the FBI, 61-year-old Bullock was armed with a knife and charged the off-duty agent, who happened to be on base that day.

Bullock "ignored repeated commands to surrender his weapon," the FBI reported.

The agent feared for his life and fired his gun in self-defense, the FBI said.

Bullock lived in the base's family camping area. He was a veteran who had served in Vietnam, according to family.

His uncle said Bullock suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. His brother, Donald Bullock, said the family believes that was the cause of the erratic behavior on base.

Donald Bullock said the FBI kept him updated on the investigation and shared the findings with him Thursday. He said the review group's findings didn't surprise him.

"We didn't expect anything different," he said.

Federal authorities clear FBI agent in May shooting at MacDill 03/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 3, 2011 11:07pm]
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