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District attorney rules deadly police shooting was justified

Dave Goldthorpe, Malheur County District Attorney, ruled Thursday that the police shooting that killed an Ontario man March 14 was a justified use of deadly force. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – Malheur County District Attorney Dave Goldthorpe said today that the March 14 shooting of an Ontario man by two Oregon State Police troopers was a justified use of deadly force.

Victor J. Morales Zavala, 25, died after he was shot by police following a high-speed chase that began in Idaho ended at the Ontario underpass.

The shooting triggered a review by Goldthorpe and an investigation by the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office.

In a press release issued Thursday afternoon, Goldthorpe said he reviewed three police car dash cam videos, the autopsy results, a search warrant affidavit, attended a police briefing and studied interviews with police involved . . .