MERRILL, Wis. (AP) — The Lincoln County sheriff's deputy who shot a suspect near Merrill in August has returned to duty.

Lincoln County Galen Bayne-Allison ruled the shooting by Deputy Travis Watruba was a lawful use of force. Sheriff's deputies set up surveillance of a cabin where Daniel Boldt was staying because he was believed to be in possession of numerous firearms as a convicted felon.

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Watruba stopped Boldt after he left the cabin Aug. 24. Sheriff's officials say Boldt emerged from his vehicle with a shotgun and was shot by Watruba.

Boldt survived and was taken to the Marathon County Jail after he was released from the hospital. A federal grand jury has indicted Boldt for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The shooting was investigated by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation.

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