REDMOND, Ore. (AP) - Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel won't file criminal charges against a Redmond police officer who used his patrol car to strike an armed man.
Hummel said Wednesday that Officer Cory Buckley was justified in his actions because the suspect was pointing a gun at Buckley's fellow officer and advancing on him.
Buckley and other officers at the scene could not fire their weapons because a bullet might have struck civilians gathered nearby or another officer.
To avoid the risk of crossfire, Buckley instead drove his car into Michael Gaskill.
The 63-year-old Redmond resident died of his injuries on Aug. 27, two days after the incident.
Hummel says Gaskill suffered from a mental illness that was exacerbated by a recent eviction, an unspecified physical ailment and drug and alcohol addiction.