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Update: Jefferson County District Attorney Concludes Review of 4/26/13 OSP-Involved Shooting Investigation
June 4, 2013

Steven F. Leriche, District Attorney
Jefferson County District Attorney's Office
(541) 475-4452



Jefferson County District Attorney Steven F. Leriche announced today the conclusion of his review of the April 26, 2013 officer-involved shooting by an Oregon State Police sergeant north of Madras. The shooting resulted in serious injury to the suspect, Zande Joshua Barnacascel, age 56. The review concluded Oregon State Police Sergeant Mike Turner was justified in using deadly physical force consistent under Oregon law.
 
Sergeant Turner will be returning to regular duty by mid June.
 
Contents of the District Attorney's news release is below:
 
Jefferson County District Attorney Steven Leriche announced Monday, June 3, 2013, that he has concluded his review of the Oregon State Police (OSP) officer-involved shooting on April 26, near Darrar Drive north of Madras. The shooting resulted in serious injury to ZANDE JOSHUA BARNACASCEL, age 56.
 
A full investigation of the incident was conducted by the Central Oregon Major Crime Team comprised of law enforcement agencies from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. Law enforcement agencies involved in the interagency investigation included Oregon State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Madras Police Department, Warm Springs Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Bend Police Department, and Crook County Sheriff’s Office.     
On Friday, April 26, 2013, law enforcement agencies attempted to apprehend BARNACASCEL who was a fugitive felon from the State of Montana. In addition to a valid warrant for his arrest, there was probable cause to believe he had engaged in criminal conduct in Jefferson County, Oregon. Law enforcement was advised that BARNACASCEL possessed violent tendencies and was an escape risk.
 
An airplane sighted him near Darrer Drive in a location near several farms. Law enforcement officers hiked into the hilly and wooded location to arrest BARNACASCEL. Oregon State Police Sergeant Mike Turner located the suspect and observed he was armed with a handgun. Sergeant Turner gave multiple verbal commands to BARNACASCEL to drop the weapon but he refused to comply and continued moving, using the trees for cover. BARNACASCEL was moving towards the location of other law enforcement officers and if allowed to proceed could have met and confronted or even ambushed these officers.
 
Sergeant Turner saw BARNACASCEL come from behind a tree with his body turned in his direction. More verbal commands were given but the suspect refused to drop his weapon, leading Sergeant Turner to fire his service shotgun at the suspect. As BARNACASCEL ran, Sergeant Turner followed. BARNACASCEL came out from behind another tree and turned toward Sergeant Turner when more verbal commands were given to drop his firearm, but he failed to comply. Sergeant Turner fired his shotgun at the suspect two more times. Following the second shot, BARNACASCEL fell to the ground.
 
Sergeant Turner and OSP Trooper Matt Gordon quickly moved in and secured BARNACASCEL and his loaded semi-automatic handgun. First aid was immediately administered to BARNACASCEL before he was airlifted to St Charles Medical Center in Bend. The suspect made a statement at the time to the effect that he wished to die.

Criminal charges are pending against BARNACASCEL in Jefferson County.
    
The District Attorney is charged with the duty of reviewing incidents where deadly physical force is used by police to determine if the use of force was consistent under Oregon law. During this incident, Sergeant Turner was justified in using deadly physical force under the circumstances he encountered and it was reasonable for him to believe that his life and the life of others were endangered.
 
District Attorney Leriche thanks the investigating agencies involved with the Central Oregon Major Crime Team for a thorough and detailed investigation of this event.

 

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