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Grand jury: Marion Co. deputy justified in shooting fugitive

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A Marion County grand jury unanimously ruled that a Marion County deputy was justified in using deadly force against a man initially found slumped over in a car in Salem.

Deputy Dale Huitt shot Michael Wylie twice after a welfare check turned into a confrontation April 26.

Police were first called to the intersection of the Illahe crossing overpass and Interstate 5 at 7:40 a.m. on April 26. Witnesses reported a possible drunk driver who may have passed out in his car.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office said two deputies made contact with the man and while standing close to him, he brandished a gun.

Wylie, 48, was then shot.

He was taken to the Salem Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

It was later discovered the car Wylie was in was reported stolen from a home in Tigard at nearly the same time deputies made contact with him.

Investigators also learned a warrant was issued for Wylie in Salt Lake City, UT, for a parole violation. The warrant stated he should be considered armed and dangerous and had violent tendencies, as well as being an escape risk.

Additionally, police in Edmonds, WA, identified Wylie as a home invasion robbery suspect on April 23. Tigard police also identified him as a suspect involving an altercation with an officer early that same morning.

In that situation, police said Wylie ran away from a crash scene and pointed a gun at an officer who was running after him. The car involved in that crash had been reported stolen to the Seattle Police Department.

The same grand jury that found Huitt's actions justified Friday also indicted Wylie on charges of unlawful use of a firearm, being a felon in possession of a gun and giving false information to police.

He is in the Marion County Jail with a no-bail fugitive warrant out of Utah. He is set to be arraigned in a Salem courtroom May 8.

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