SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Marion County grand jury has found that a Silverton police officer who fatally shot a 21-year-old man was justified.
Officer Timothy Hein shot and killed William Bluestone on Feb. 14, after Bluestone’s wife called police and told them he assaulted her, forced her out of the apartment and refused to let her take their 3-month-old infant.
The grand jury unanimously found that Hein acted lawfully in shooting Bluestone, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
According to a report from the Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Hein and officer Jonathan Lamoreaux, knocked on the apartment door, but he didn’t answer. The officers entered and found a child and a baby on the couch. Officers took the children out, then found Bluestone hiding under the bed. Bluestone told police he had a gun, and officers left and stood outside the door.
The district attorney’s office said officers negotiated with Bluestone, who demanded to see his wife and children. After about an hour, Bluestone began yelling at officers and shot himself in the chest. Hein, unsure who Bluestone was shooting at, fired a shot at Bluestone, striking him in the abdomen. He died at the scene.
Police said the negotiation and shooting were captured on body cameras.