ALOHA, Ore. (AP) — A Washington County district attorney has found the fatal shooting of an armed man by a sheriff’s deputy was justified.
The Oregonian reports the deputy shot a man armed with a handgun during a domestic violence investigation in January in Aloha.
Deputy Kenneth Coon fired four rounds at 47-year-old Lewis Lee Lembke, according to a letter from Senior Deputy District Attorney Bracken McKey to Sheriff Pat Garrett.
Lembke, who had pointed a handgun at the deputy, was struck twice. He was shot within a minute of deputies arriving at the apartment he shared with his wife.
McKey found the deputy was acting under the reasonable belief that Lembke was using or about to use deadly physical force against him.