Fatal shooting of hostage taker justified, jury rules
A Multnomah County grand jury has cleared a Portland Police Bureau officer for the fatal shooting of a man who was holding a woman hostage inside a motel.
Samuel E. Rice, 30, was killed on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Del Rancho Motel, 7622 S.E. 82nd Ave., after a "disturbance" was reported.
Officers attempted to contact Rice, who apparently "threatened the life" of the woman he was holding captive.
The authorities say Officer Kelly VanBlokland fired his gun during a "lawful act in the defense of a third person."
After two days of testimony and deliberation, a Multnomah Grand Jury agreed. A "not true bill" decision was published on Nov. 30, which said no wrong-doing occurred by police.
The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office declined to comment further.
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