Salem officers cleared in Walmart shooting death

49-year-old Mark Hawkins was shot 9 times by officers after a standoff

A shooting outside the Walmart on Turner Road in Salem led to a 7-hour standoff, April 24, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A shooting outside the Walmart on Turner Road in Salem led to a 7-hour standoff, April 24, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A Marion County grand jury cleared the Salem police officers who used deadly force during a standoff with a man outside a Walmart store last month.

Mark Hawkins, seen in a November 2014 photo from Lane County, was shot to death after a standoff with Salem police, April 24, 2015
Mark Hawkins, seen in a November 2014 photo from Lane County, was shot to death after a standoff with Salem police, April 24, 2015

Toxicology results show 49-year-old Mark Hawkins had methamphetamine, opiates and marijuana in his system when he barricaded himself in converted bus and fired at police, starting a seven-hour standoff that ended with him getting shot nine times.

The grand jury heard testimony from nine witnesses. The members also reviewed video exhibits, and examined photographs, scene diagrams, dispatch recordings, ballistic findings, firearms and autopsy conclusions.

The April 24 incident began when an officer ran a check on a license plate in the parking lot. He discovered that Hawkins had a felony warrant from Lane County.

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