DA says shooting armed S. Ore. woman justified

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A district attorney has concluded that a southern Oregon sheriff's deputy was justified in the fatal shooting of an armed woman during a standoff last month at her sister's home near Grants Pass.

The Mail Tribune reports that Josephine County District Attorney Stephen Campbell said Deputy John Holder met professional standards and complied with state law when he fired seven shots from his rifle to end the two-hour standoff on May 9.

The district attorney said Holder and another deputy called to the house found 42-year-old Micki Rae Broeske armed with a .22-caliber revolver after she told police she was holding her sister hostage and planned to kill her.

Campbell said the evidence showed Broeske was suicidal and rushed toward deputies while pointing the gun at them.