Grand jury says Medford, Ore., police justified in fatal shooting of Marine veteran

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MEDFORD, Oregon — A southern Oregon grand jury says Medford police were justified in last month's fatal shooting of an armed 52-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert said Thursday that despite previous reports that Stephen McMilon fired at least one round from his shotgun before police shot him on Aug. 24, physical evidence from the scene shows he never fired.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports (http://is.gd/J4z1Pn ) that Medford Police Chief Tim George says two police officers shot at McMilon a total of six times. The man was hit once. The officers say they believed he was about to open fire on another nearby officer.

The district attorney says McMilon had a shotgun, two handguns and was carrying more than 200 rounds of ammunition when he was killed in a church parking lot.

Friends say he served in the Gulf War. One friend, Linda Amble, said earlier that McMilon suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.


Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

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