LOUISVILLE, Neb. — A county prosecutor says an unarmed 23-year-old Louisville man killed by a Cass County deputy during a traffic stop last week had charged the deputy before he was shot.

Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox said in a written release Thursday that 25-year-old Deputy Tyler Reiff shot Austin Baier five times on Sept. 21 after Baier ignored Reiff’s commands to stop.

Cox says the deputy had stopped Baier’s vehicle in Louisville shortly after 7 p.m., because it matched the description of a vehicle being driven recklessly. A Nebraska State Patrol investigation says Baier got out of his car and ran at Reiff.

Cox says Baier wasn’t holding a weapon, but that a hunting knife was found on the dashboard of his car.

The deputy remains on administrative leave.

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