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Douglas County Grand Jury Concludes Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Justified
04/18/2008
Rick Wesenberg, Assistant District Attorney
Douglas County District Attorney's Office
Office: (541) 440-4388

On April 17, 2008, the Douglas County District Attorney's Office convened a Grand Jury to conduct its own investigation into a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred April 13th in Douglas County and resulted in the death of DONALD EUGENE LOWRY, age 46, from Myrtle Creek.  The investigation identified five Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and one Roseburg police officer to have been involved in the shooting.
 
Following a thorough and exhaustive investigation led by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the Grand Jury heard sworn testimony on April 17 and 18.  After careful deliberation by the Grand Jury concluded the use of deadly physical force by the officers involved, who fired approximately 11 rounds, was justified.
 
An autopsy revealed LOWRY was struck by 3 bullets.  He was armed with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a 44 magnum rifle with scope.  Both weapons were loaded.
 
Officers involved were identified as:
  • Senior Trooper David Glass, age 42, a 10 1/2 year OSP veteran assigned to the Springfield Area Command office and one of three SWAT members who responded to the scene
  • Senior Trooper Jamin VanMeter, age 32, an 8 1/2 year OSP veteran assigned to the Springfield Area Command office and one of three SWAT members who responded to the scene
  • Trooper Casey Codding, age 31, a 7-year OSP veteran assigned to the Springfield Area Command office and one of three SWAT members who responded to the scene
  • Trooper Jason Stedman, age 30, a 6-year OSP veteran assigned to the Roseburg Area Command office
  • Trooper Brian Jewell, age 24, a 2-year OSP veteran assigned to the Roseburg Area Command office
  • Officer Keith Young, age 33, a 2 1/2 year veteran with Roseburg Police Department