Prosecutor: Ore. deputy justified in shooting

Prosecutor: Ore. deputy justified in shooting

Prosecutor: Ore. deputy justified in shooting

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 19, 2012 at 6:45 PM

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A prosecutor has decided that a Washington County sheriff's deputy was justified in fatally shooting an intoxicated, suicidal man who aimed a loaded rifle at deputies who had responded to a call for help from the man's wife.

Deputy Brian McLeod fatally shot 52-year-old Robert Fox on June 3 outside Fox's Aloha, Ore. home.

Washington County Chief Deputy District Attorney Roger Hanlon said Friday that his investigation showed that Fox ignored repeated instructions to drop the rifle and that the deputy didn't fire until the man aimed the weapon at officers.

Hanlon says Fox made comments to relatives earlier in the day that he wanted to kill himself.

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