DA: Officer justified in shooting suspect at Albany gas station

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) The Linn County district attorney has cleared a Springfield police officer who shot a 44-year-old woman after she pointed a realistic-looking pellet gun at officers following a car chase last month.

District Attorney Doug Marteeny says Springfield Police Officer Justin Myers was justified when he shot Amanda Gatewood on Aug. 28.

Marteeny provided his opinion to Albany police on Friday, The Democrat-Herald says.

Police say the Springfield woman was behind the wheel of a stolen car and led police on a chase to a Chevron station four miles south of Albany.

Marteeny's review said Myers fired a single shot from a rifle and hit Gatewood in the back as she neared the entrance of the gas station store, and as she pointed the pellet gun at other officers.

Gatewood was interviewed during the investigation, and was in stable condition in the hospital at that time.


Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald

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