Officers cleared in shooting of McDowell

Officers cleared in shooting of McDowell

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by KGW.com and AP Staff

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Posted on February 17, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 18 at 9:39 AM

GRESHAM, Ore. -- A Multnomah County Grand Jury on Thursday determined Gresham officers acted appropriately in the January 31 police shooting of Anthony McDowell.

The grand jury determined that the shooting was justified under the criminal law and returned a not true bill.

McDowell was fatally shot at his home SE Oak in the City of Gresham. Police were dispatched to the house after McDowell's wife called to report that he was suicidal. Police have said McDowell was holding a scoped rifle outside his home when officers arrived.

McDowell was buried full military honors at the Good Shepard Community Church near Boring. He served as a career military man, joining the Navy in 1986 and was honorably discharged in 1993. He then joined the Army Reserve and was deployed to Iraq in 2003. He operated a program to assist Oregon veterans.

The McDowell family later issued a statement to say he man walked out of his house, holding a rifle above his head with both hands, and was shot and killed within seconds.

A full, official account of the shooting has not yet been released. A judge was weighing a motion to make the jury's report public.

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