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DA won't charge officer who killed armed man with car

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REDMOND, OR (AP) -

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel won't file criminal charges against a Redmond police officer who used his patrol car to strike an armed man.

Hummel said Wednesday that Officer Cory Buckley was justified in his actions because the suspect was pointing a gun at Buckley's fellow officer and advancing on him.

Buckley and other officers at the scene could not fire their weapons because a bullet might have struck civilians gathered nearby or another officer.

To avoid the risk of crossfire, Buckley instead drove his car into Michael Gaskill.

The 63-year-old Redmond resident died of his injuries on Aug. 27, two days after the incident.

Hummel says Gaskill suffered from a mental illness that was exacerbated by a recent eviction, an unspecified physical ailment and drug and alcohol addiction.

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