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Salem officer cleared for shooting and killing suspect

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Oct. 21 Oct. 21
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A grand jury has cleared Salem police for the deadly use of force against an armed suspect.

Cpl. Ryan Demmer fired two shots at Chase Hammer, 27, on Oct. 21. Hammer died at the scene. The Marion County Grand Jury said Demmer was justified for his actions.

Police were called to a home on Scenic View Southwest in Salem when the mother of one of Hammer's children said he was armed with a gun and suicidal.

Police set up a perimeter around the house and a SWAT team was called to the scene. Officers said they heard a gunshot and then Hammer walked out past a marked patrol car.

Police said they called out to him by name and ordered him to stop. They said he reached behind his back and pulled a gun.

Officers ordered him to drop it, but investigators said he instead began to raise the gun toward the police. That's when he was shot.

At the time of the shooting, Hammer's blood-alcohol level was .23 percent, nearly three times the legal driving limit.

The revolver he was carrying had five remaining rounds of live ammunition, according to investigators.

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