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DA: Trooper's fatal shooting at High Desert Museum justified

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Photo of suspect and victim involved in officer-involved shooting in High Desert Museum in Bend. (Photo released by Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel) Photo of suspect and victim involved in officer-involved shooting in High Desert Museum in Bend. (Photo released by Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel)
BEND, OR (AP) -

The Deschutes County district attorney says the fatal shooting by an Oregon State Police trooper of a man at the High Desert Museum in Bend was justified.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said in a news release Wednesday he has found Senior Trooper Richard Brannin's decision to shoot Nicholas Berger on May 31 was legally justified. Hummel says therefore he won't file criminal charges.

Brannin shot Berger three times after Berger held a museum employee at knifepoint and dragged her through the museum before releasing her near an exit.

Investigators say Berger and the employee, 39-year-old Amanda Berry, were strangers.

Officials have said little about a possible motive. Berger, who was from California and had a Kansas driver's license, had recently moved to the Bend area. A family friend said Berger had been expressing thoughts of suicide in recent months.

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