Grand jury declines to indict Portland officer who shot homeless man
A grand jury has declined to charge a Portland police officer who shot and killed a man in Lents Park in April. The decision follows a joint investigation into the shooting by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon Department of Justice.
The Multnomah County district attorney's office announced on Friday, Sept 24, the grand jury returned a "not true bill" after finding Portland Police Officer Zachary DeLong's use of force against 46-year-old Robert Delgado "was not criminal under Oregon law."
DeLong shot and killed Delgado on April 16 after he and other officers responded to a call that said there was a man with a gun at Lents Park in Southeast Portland.
Authorities said witness video that was presented to the grand jury showed police officers standing behind trees telling Delgado, who was about 90 feet away, to put his hands up and get on the ground. The video also showed Delgado appearing agitated and yelling at police.
Investigators said Delgado then produced what appeared to be a gun and pointed it at the officers, which is when DeLong fired at Delgado, who died at the scene. Authorities later released the gun was actually a replica handgun.
The grand jury case was presented by two Multnomah County district attorneys and two assistant attorneys general appointed by the Oregon Department of Justice.
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