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District attorney rules The Dalles police shooting justified

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THE DALLES, OR (KPTV) -

The Wasco County district attorney has ruled that a deadly officer-involved shooting in The Dalles was justified.

Officers shot and killed Gerald Stowell Jr., 50, on Sept. 18 after being called out to reports of a rape in progress on Hostetler Street.

District Attorney Eric Nisley said the shooting was justified under Oregon law, and the forensic evidence and testimony of witnesses supported the conclusion that officers in The Dalles acted in self-defense.

Police said Stowell was initially cooperative with the investigation, but then came out of the bathroom with a large knife.

Officers said he threatened them, so they drew their guns and ordered Stowell to drop the knife. Both officers at the scene shot the suspect, and he died at the scene.

Stowell was arrested a few years ago for a parole violation. He had also been arrested on sexual abuse charges dating back to 1988.

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