The deputy had been placed on leave after the incident that left Tareik Artis wounded.
Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner disclosed the preliminary findings of the investigation during a news media briefing.
“Our investigation is sufficiently complete, it is not totally complete, but sufficiently complete for us to determine that the deputy involved in the shooting acted within the guidelines or our policy and within our use of force policy,” according to Wagner.
The shooting occurred last week when Artis fled from a traffic stop near the Capitol, ran across the Capitol lawn, and was shot, wounded, and captured just across the street of the Capitol.
Wagner says Artis was fully armed and witnesses confirmed officers’ accounts that Artis pointed a gun at law officers. Several bags of illegal drugs were found in his possession.
After the shooting, 44-year-old Deputy Jeffrey Moeller was placed on administrative leave. A United States Marshal, also involved in the shooting, was also placed on administrative leave.
Artis is being treated at a Lincoln hospital and is listed in critical, but stable condition.
Wagner points out officers have very little time to decide whether to draw their gun.
“I mean, it’s a split-second decision. These things happen very, very quickly,” Wagner said. “You know, the decisions on everybody’s part is made and they have to quickly weigh the danger to the public by Artis’ movement and his actions.”
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.