Tigard probes fatal police shooting of mentally ill man
After the Oregon Department of Justice announced there won't be criminal charges against a former Tigard police officer who shot and killed a man while answering a domestic call on Jan. 6, the Tigard Police Department will launch its own internal review of the case.
While the Jan. 6 shooting marked the first time a Tigard police officer has shot and killed someone in the line of duty, an internal review is routine policy for the Tigard Police Department for every use-of-force incident, police officials say.
On Thursday, Sept. 16, the Department of Justice announced that a grand jury determined that criminal charges weren't warranted in the shooting death of Jacob Macduff. Macduff was shot and killed by Officer Gabriel Maldonado during a domestic disturbance call at a Tigard apartment complex.
Police have said Macduff had a knife when officers contacted him, as he sat inside a truck at his Tigard apartment complex. According to police, officers commanded Macduff to drop the knife as they attempted to get him out of the truck, and Maldonado fired multiple shots, killing him, after he repeatedly ignored those commands.
Now a five-member use-of-force review board will conduct an administrative review and inquiry related to the circumstances surrounding Macduff's death. That board will consist of individuals inside the department, as well as an officer from an outside police agency.
None of the members of the review board will be among the officers or supervisors involved in the shooting of Macduff, the Tigard Police Department added.
The board will focus on policies already in place, including training, tactics and supervision, as well as Tigard police's equipment, decision-making and more.
"The board may also identify opportunities for specific changes to training or other recommendations based on the actions of not only Officer Maldonado, but all the officers and supervisors who responded that evening," the department stated in announcing the internal review.
Chief Kathy McAlpine will ultimately receive the findings, and any violations of conduct, policies or procedures will be "evaluated for corrective action within the chief's discretion and current employment law," according to Tigard police.
Following news that the state would not be filing criminal charges against Maldonado, McAlpine released the following statement: "First, I want to acknowledge the great loss the Macduff family has endured, and my heart goes out to them. We recognize that any loss of life is tragic. I know this has been a long process and they've been waiting for answers for a long time. This has also weighed heavily on the greater Tigard community and on our officers as we all waited for more information in this case."
Following Macduff's death, protesters marched in downtown Tigard on Jan. 7. After marchers reached Tigard City Hall and began breaking windows and spray-painting city buildings, police declared a riot and intervened to disperse the demonstration.
City officials say the demonstration caused an estimated $100,000 in property damage to the Tigard Police Department and Tigard City Hall. In addition, numerous downtown businesses had windows broken or were defaced with graffiti. Several arrests were made as a result.
During a news conference in May, Maria Macduff, the mother of Jacob Macduff, told reporters she believes her son was entering a psychotic episode when he was shot by police. Jacob Macduff lived with bipolar disorder, according to his mother, and was known to have struggles with his mental health.
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