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Officer-Involved-Shooting in Lane County Ruled Justified

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The Lane County district attorney says the shooting of a 27-year-old man by a police officer in Oakridge last month was a lawful use of deadly force.

The Register-Guard reports Oakridge Police Officer Steve Davidson lawfully killed Marcus Hartsfield when he fired three shots at the razor blade-wielding man, two minutes after responding to the scene, Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow said Friday.

Perlow says Davidson responded to 911 calls on Oct. 17 of a suicide in progress.

Davidson found Hartsfield struggling with a juvenile female and two juvenile males while holding a razor blade. Perlow says all were covered in blood.

Perlow says Davidson drew his weapon, identified himself as a police officer and told Hartsfield to drop the blade. She says Hartsfield was shot after he moved toward Davidson while holding the razor up.

Perlow says Hartsfield initially arrived at the location, barged inside, and started punching one of the males. He then allegedly slammed the female’s head into the wall before pulling out the blade, slicing himself and asking if she loved him.

Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com


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