Fairview police fatal shooting account disputed
Sunday, January 29, 2012
FAIRVIEW, Ore. (AP) -- The mother of a man killed by Fairview officers disputes the police account of the shooting.
Sandra Kelley called police Friday night when her 37-year-old son, Larry M. McKinney, came home drunk.
She told The Oregonian (http://is.gd/laCrrH ) she was standing outside with officers at the bottom of a staircase when her son came to the door of their second-floor apartment holding a kitchen knife. She says he didn't talk or move toward officers.
She says they told him to drop the weapon and fired seconds later.
Fairview Sgt. Bernie Meyer confirms Kelley was there. He wouldn't address her specific concerns but says the officers were threatened. He says officers are trained in the "21-foot-rule" that says a knife-wielding suspect could cover 21 feet before an officer could draw a gun.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com