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Polk County Grand Jury unanimously returns not true bill decision in Goodwill officer involved shooting. - 10/03/19

DALLAS (OR) - Today, Polk County District Attorney Aaron Felton announced that upon the conclusion of testimony, the Grand Jury returned a not true bill regarding the use of deadly force by a Dallas Police Officer that resulted in the death of 43-year old Scott Gabriel Spangler.

The Grand Jury’s not true bill decision means they have determined no criminal prosecution is warranted, and that the use of deadly force against Mr. Spangler by Dallas Officer Darren Buchholz was a lawful act of self-defense and/or defense of a third person, pursuant to Oregon law.

This investigation began on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at approximately 1:15 p.m., following the report of an officer-involved shooting involving members of the Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT). The Salem Police Department conducted the investigation and the Polk County District Attorney’s Office presented the evidence to the Grand Jury.

In making their decision, the Grand Jury heard from detectives and officers from the Salem Police Department, deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the involved officers from POINT, and six citizen witnesses.

The Grand Jurors who reviewed this case are Polk County community members. Each Grand Juror was selected from the regularly scheduled empaneled jury pool. This is a process set by Oregon’s Constitution.

As required by Oregon law, the Grand Jury proceedings in this case were recorded. Pursuant to ORS 132.270(4)(a)(C)), Officer Buchholz, or his attorneys have 10 days to file a motion with the court to seek a protective order regarding the release of the grand jury proceedings or a portion of the proceedings.

In accordance with the District Attorney’s Office procedures and Oregon law, if a waiver is filed and/or no objection made within that 10 day period, a request will be made, through this office, to the Polk County Circuit Court Presiding Judge to have the grand jury proceedings transcribed and then subsequently released to the public.

 

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