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Family plans to sue over March shooting in Ontario highway chase

ONTARIO – The family of a 25-year-old Ontario man who was shot to death by Oregon State Police troopers earlier this year has notified the state of its intent to sue for $6 million in damages. 

Victor Morales Zavala was killed March 14 after leading officers on a high-speed chase in Idaho and into Ontario. The incident ended on East Idaho Avenue near the railroad underpass after officers used spike strips to blow out all four tires on the car Morales Zavala was driving. 

According to police dash cam footage reviewed by Malheur County District Attorney Dave Goldthorpe, Morales Zavala got out of the vehicle holding a .22-caliber revolver to his head. 

Morales Zavala was then shot four times; one bullet was deadly, hitting him in the chest. 

Goldthorpe concluded in March . . .