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SALEM -- The use of deadly force was justified when a deputy fatally shot a man in Marion County last week, a grand jury decided.

Two Marion County sheriff's deputies responded at 8 a.m. April 26 to the report of a man slumped over behind the wheel of a car in the 8700 block of Sunnyside Road Southeast.

The welfare check turned into a confrontation and quickly erupted in gunfire, said Marion County Deputy District Attorney Matt Kemmy. The suspect, Michael Kent Wylie, was shot twice by deputy Dale Huitt before being taken into custody.

Wylie was taken to Salem Hospital and treated for his injuries. Within hours he was lodged in the Marion County Jail.

A grand jury unanimously decided Friday the shooting was justified. Wylie was indicted unlawful use and possession of a firearm, as well as providing false information. He was being held on $500,000 bail.

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