REDMOND, Ore. (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. Hummel said it was clear Buckley felt the other officer’s life was in danger.
Hummel said Michael Gaskill had his gun pointed at a minimum of 9 civilians before he was taken down. Buckley and other officers at the scene could not fire their weapons because a bullet might have struck the civilians gathered nearby or another officer.
To avoid the risk of crossfire, Buckley instead drove his car into Gaskill.
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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.
“My thoughts are with the family and friends of Michael Gaskill as they continue to grieve his loss and with Redmond Police officer Corey Buckley and his family as the cope with the aftermath of this tragic event,” Hummel said.
Video of the armed man being struck can be seen below.
KOIN 6 News Staff contributed to this report.