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Umatilla County Grand Jury Finds Officers' Involved Shooting Justified
Daniel Primus, Deputy District Attorney
Umatilla County District Attorney's Office
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper and Umatilla County deputy were cleared last week by a Umatilla County Grand Jury following an investigation into the March 22, 2011 officer-involved shooting in Umatilla County near Tollgate.
According to Umatilla County Deputy District Attorney Dan Primus, the investigation was presented before the Grand Jury on March 31. The Grand Jury found the use of deadly force by OSP Trooper Ryan Sharp and Umatilla County Deputy Morgan Dunlap was justified related to the shooting of Michael Thomas Summers, age 52, from Milton-Freewater.
The trooper and deputy were investigating a single vehicle traffic crash and searching for the vehicle's driver, Summers, when they encountered him armed with a rifle. Summers failed to comply with the officers' requests to put down the rifle and was shot three times.
Summers was transported to Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland for treatment. He was released and taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on April 1st and lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on a U.S. Marshals Service hold for a federal parole violation warrant.
Summers was also indicted by the Umatilla County Grand Jury on the following 11 counts:
  • First Degree Burglary
  • Felon in Possession of a Weapon
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts)
  • Theft in the First Degree
  • Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
  • DUII
  • Menacing (2 counts)
  • Pointing a Firearm at an Officer (2 counts)
No arraignment date has been set for Summers to appear in Umatilla County Circuit Court.
The multi-agency investigation in compliance with SB 111 established protocol for deadly force investigations in Umatilla County involved Oregon State Police, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Pendleton Police Department, Hermiston Police Department, Umatilla Tribal Police Department, Milton-Freewater Police Department, and Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office. The Department of Justice and Umatilla County District Attorney's Office assisted.
All questions should be directed to Deputy District Attorney Primus.