District Attorney rules deadly force justified
Jefferson County District Attorney Steven Leriche has ruled a Madras Police Officer was justified in using deadly force in the Jan. 6 shooting near 470 NE Oak St. The subject of the shooting, Jordan Abbe, 30, suffered only minor injuries. He was treated at St. Charles Madras and released shortly after the shooting. He was immediately arrested and housed in the Jefferson County Jail.
According to a media release from Leriche, at about 10:30 that morning, an acquaintance requested a welfare check on Abbe. Officers observed Abbe was agitated and behaving erratically, but did not contact him.
At about 11:51 a.m., Madras Police Sgt. Brown and Officer Ryan Kathrein witnessed a silver Monte Carlo driving erratically "cutting cookies" in a business parking lot. Brown recognized the driver as Abbe. The officers say Abbe nearly struck their vehicles because he was staring at them instead of paying attention to his driving.
They activated their lights and sirens and tried to pull Abbe over. The report says Abbe led officers on a short pursuit through Madras to the neighborhood of St. Charles Hospital. The officers say throughout the pursuit Abbe would periodically slow down then "anchor" his brakes, apparently trying to cause a crash.
At one point, Abbe stopped, but as officers got out of their vehicles to arrest him, he took off again, heading east on Oak. He suddenly turned around and headed west, crashing into Kathrein's vehicle. Brown got out of his car and says Abbe focused his attention on Brown. One witness said Abbe revved his engine.
Since Abbe had already shown a willingness to use his car as a deadly force against an officer, Sgt. Brown fired his gun into Abbe's vehicle, hitting the windshield 12 times. Brown is the only officer who fired his gun. Brown says Abbe did not duck the gunshots but stayed fixed on Brown.
Abbe has been charged with unlawful use of a deadly weapon, attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, reckless endangering another person, and menacing.
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