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Washington County DA wants state's top prosecutor to review investigation of Jacob Macduff's slaying

PMG FILE PHOTO - Kevin BartonWashington County District Attorney Kevin Barton has formally requested that the Oregon attorney general's office review an investigation conducted by the Washington County Major Crimes Team into the shooting death of a Tigard man by a Tigard police officer last winter.

On Jan. 6, Tigard Officer Gabriel Maldonado shot and killed Jacob Ryan Macduff during a domestic disturbance call at a Tigard apartment complex. Police alleged at the time that Macduff had a knife and that a struggle occurred before the fatal shooting.

According to a Washington County District Attorney's Office news release, the Washington County Major Crimes Team concluded its investigation into the shooting and submitted its findings to the DA on April 27.

In a letter sent Monday to Michael Slauson of the Oregon Department of Justice, Barton asked Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's office to review the investigation and make a determination into whether there was any criminal responsibility on Maldonado 's part.

"Your review of the evidence and the application of HB 4301 to that evidence will provide the independent evaluation I believe is necessary, given the concerns I have developed regarding this incident," Barton wrote in the letter.

He further requested that an assistant attorney general be named as a special deputy district attorney for Washington County as part of the investigation.

It is unclear whether the review will involve additional fact-finding or interviews before the attorney general's office makes a determination as to whether Maldonado should be criminally charged.

The Washington County District Attorney's Office has said it will not be able to comment further on the case due to the open investigation.

It is highly unusual for police officers to face criminal charges for using lethal force. The topic has been in the news lately, with the conviction last month of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the asphyxiation death of George Floyd.


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