Grand jury: police justified in Elgin OR shooting

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ELGIN, Ore. (AP) -- A grand jury has found that an Elgin, Ore., police officer was justified in the Aug. 1 fatal shooting of a 60-year-old man during a domestic disturbance call.

Union County District Attorney Tim Thompson says Oregon Department of Justice findings after an investigation by the Union County Major Crime Team were consistent with Richard Shafer holding a rifle at the time he was shot. Shafer's wife had said her husband was shot while unarmed.

The findings were reported late last week by The Observer of La Grande, Ore.

The Oregonian reports that the Elgin City Council will decide Friday whether Officer Eric Kilpatrick will be allowed to return to work. He has been on administrative leave.