The fatal shooting of a Fairmont man by a Marion County sheriff’s deputy last August was justified, according to an outside review conducted by the West Virginia State Police.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Pat Wilson said he received the final report Monday, which would have been the victim’s 46th birthday.

He would confirm only that he received the report Monday and “the conclusion said the shooting was justified.”

Michael Ray Rosser, 45, was fatally wounded by Deputy First Class Chris Gearde late Aug. 31, 2011, near the Pricketts Fort Road area. Deputies were responding to a report of shots fired and of a man running through the yards there when they came upon Rosser walking along the road.

They were trying to get him to cooperate when he allegedly drew a semi-automatic, large-caliber pistol. Gearde drew his service pistol and fired one round, striking Rosser and fatally wounding him.

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