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Tillamook County District Attorney Finds Use of Deadly Force by Tillamook County Deputies Justified
William B. Porter, District Attorney
Tillamook County District Attorney's Office
Phone: (503) 842-3410

Tillamook County District Attorney William Porter announced Monday that his office has reviewed the investigation into the October 23, 2009 fatal officer-involved shooting by Tillamook County sheriff deputies in Garibaldi. District Attorney Porter found the use of deadly force was justified and therefore the investigation will not be presented to a Grand Jury.
The investigation was conducted by the Tillamook County Major Crimes Team which consisted of the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division, Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Police Department, Rockaway Beach Police Department, Manzanita Department of Public Safety, and the Tillamook County District Attorney's Office.
Previously released information indicated on October 23, 2009, at about 12:42 p.m., Tillamook County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of a male subject breaking into a motor home at 303 6th Street, Garibaldi, Oregon.

Two Deputies arrived on the scene and contacted the suspect, MICHAEL ELMO SHEPHERD, age 68, who approached them with a raised hatchet. SHEPHERD advanced and refused commands to stop, continuing toward the Deputies who shot him. SHEPHERD was pronounced dead at the scene.
Questions regarding the involved deputies should be directed to Tillamook County Sheriff Todd Anderson.
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