Salem officer cleared in deadly shooting

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM

SALEM, Ore. -- A grand jury has cleared a Salem police officer in the fatal shooting of a man described in a 911 call as suicidal and armed.

The Salem Statesman Journal reported the grand jury found that 27-year-old Chase Hammer ignored police orders to stop and show his hands on Oct. 21. Instead, authorities said, he reached behind his back to pull out a gun and raised it toward officers.

Police Cpl. Ryan Demmer fired twice at Hammer from 10 to 15 feet away, hitting him both times.

The district attorney's office says a toxicology report showed Hammer under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Sister Maria Hammer said the family was disappointed by the finding and is talking to lawyers.

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