No indictment for former Tigard officer who killed Jacob Macduff
The Oregon Department of Justice announced Thursday, Sept. 16, that its investigation into a deadly Tigard police shooting has concluded.
A grand jury declined to indict former Tigard police officer Gabriel Maldonado for shooting and killing Jacob Macduff on Jan. 6.
"This was a very tragic situation resulting in the death by a police officer of an allegedly mentally unwell person," state Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said. "However, I am satisfied with the Washington County grand jury's conclusion that there is insufficient evidence to warrant criminal charges being brought against Officer Maldonado."
Police said officers responded to an apartment complex for reports of domestic violence and found Macduff locked in his truck armed with a knife. After attempts to talk Macduff from the vehicle failed, officers attempted to force him from the vehicle. During the ensuing struggle, Maldonado shot and killed Macduff.
Macduff's mother, Maria Macduff, said her son experienced bipolar disorder and was progressing "into an acute psychotic state" in the days leading up to the fatal shooting.
Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton asked the DOJ to conduct the investigation in part because of a new law changing how officers are allowed to use deadly force in the state.
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