Friend: Man shot by Ore. police acted irrationally



MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. (AP) — A friend of the couple says a man who was killed by Myrtle Creek police was acting irrationally after he and his wife signed divorce papers a week ago.

Art gallery owner Linda Johnson tells the Roseburg News-Review ( ) that Cheri Bocock worked in the shop and was there on Wednesday when 58-year-old John Bocock confronted police outside. Johnson says she told Cheri not to look.

Police shot John Bocock after he refused to drop a gun he’d used minutes before to wound real estate agent Vince Lytsell.

Johnson says Lytsell was once a counselor, had helped the couple buy a house, and was trying to help them through the divorce.

She says John Bocock misinterpreted the friendship between Lytsell and Cheri Bocock and blamed Lytsell for the split.


Information from: The News-Review,