Family offers account of Ore. veteran’s death

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Relatives who witnessed a military veteran being fatally shot by Gresham, Ore., police say Sgt. Anthony McDowell did not confront the officers. In a statement e-mailed to reporters, the McDowell family says the man walked out of his house, holding a rifle above his head with both hands, and was shot and killed within seconds.

The 50-year-old McDowell was buried Monday at Willamette National Cemetery.

Gresham police said in the aftermath of the Jan. 31 shooting that officers were dispatched to the house after McDowell’s wife called to report that he was suicidal. Police have said McDowell was holding a scoped rifle outside his home when officers arrived. A full account of the shooting has not been released. Sgt. Rick Wilson told the Oregonian the police department wouldn’t be able to comment on the family’s statement.

The case is expected to be presented to a grand jury.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com