SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — A man killed by police in a Springfield parking lot earlier this month charged at the officer with a tire iron, Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow said.
Perlow ruled the shooting justified this week, KEZI-TV reported.
Witnesses saw 32-year-old Chase Brooks damaging vehicles March 14 in the parking lot outside a Best Buy store and called authorities, Perlow said.
Officers Eric Pardee and Anthony DelCastillo responded just after 3:30 p.m.
When confronted with police, Perlow said Brooks reportedly turned to a passerby and said, “Are you ready to see someone get shot by the cops?”
Pardee attempted to deescalate the situation, but Brooks moved to attack him, the district attorney said. Pardee ordered him to stop, and Brooks did not, which is when Pardee shot at Brooks three times, hitting him in the heart and a lung.
Pardee said he feared for his life.
The Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team took into consideration witness video, surveillance video and a 3D scan of the scene.
Pardee has been with the Springfield Police Department for over 18 years.