DA: Police justified in killing driver near Sisters

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DA: Police justified in killing driver near Sisters

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 18 at 11:00 AM

SISTERS, Ore. -- Deschutes county District Attorney Patrick Flaherty has ruled that an Oregon State Police deadly shooting last month was "fully justified."

William E. Hall, 34, of Arlington, Texas was shot after he opened fire during a traffic stop near Sisters.

Senior Trooper William Duran and Major Travis Hampton used necessary force, the DA said.

Just before noon, a trooper stopped a vehicle eastbound on the Oregon 20 near milepost 85, said Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.

Hall pointed a gun at the trooper and fled eastbound in the vehicle with troopers in pursuit, Hastings said.

Police deployed spike strips near Sisters. The vehicle turned off Highway 20 onto Harrington Loop Road and came to a stop. Hall again brandished a gun and was shot.

The August 30 chase and shooting came less than 24 hours after a similar incident on Interstate 84 where a Oregon State trooper was wounded in a shooting the left the driver of a vehicle dead.

More: Man killed after firing on trooper during I-84 stop


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