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Baker County DA to oversee Pendleton police shooting investigation

Umatilla County District Attorney’s office declares conflict of interest

East Oregonian

Published on December 5, 2017 5:39PM

Last changed on December 5, 2017 9:36PM

Police officers stage near the scene of an officer involved shooting on Southwest 20th Street near the intersection of Court Avenue on Wednesday in Pendleton.

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Police officers stage near the scene of an officer involved shooting on Southwest 20th Street near the intersection of Court Avenue on Wednesday in Pendleton.

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The investigation into the shooting of a man Nov. 29 by a Pendleton police officer is now in the hands of Baker County District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff.

Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus, who had been leading the investigation, said Tuesday that his office has a “conflict” and would no longer be involved. The nature of the conflict was not detailed in the press release.

Oregon State Police continue to investigate.

Six days after the shooting, the identities of the people involved have yet to be released. The Umatilla County DA’s office issued a short statement Monday morning saying it expected to release more information by the end of the day, but in the evening Primus said that would not take place.

When reached Tuesday, Shirtcliff said he had just received the details of the case and would be prepared to brief the media Wednesday morning.

According to Pendleton police chief Stuart Roberts, a Pendleton officer shot the man, who had a pistol, about 8:45 p.m. on Nov. 29 near the intersection of Southwest 20th Street and Court Avenue. Roberts said the suspect had been involved in a confrontation in the nearby Walmart parking lot, before running from police and not obeying verbal commands.

Witnesses at the scene said they heard multiple shots. No officers were injured. The suspect was eventually taken to Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, where he is recovering from a gunshot wound.



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