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Deadly shooting by police of Malheur County man after standoff is ruled to be justified

Malheur County District Attorney David Goldthorpe said a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could mean a few local cases will be reviewed for retrial. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – The Malheur County District Attorney’s Office has ruled that the fatal shooting of a man by officers on Jan. 3 was a “justified use of deadly force.”

Malheur County District Attorney Dave Goldthorpe delivered his decision in statement released Tuesday.

Police shot Henry Martinez Jr., 49, Nyssa, after a four-hour standoff in which he stabbed to death his girlfriend, Carlen Mercado, a California resident.

Goldthorpe said Mercado, 51, had come to Ontario to retrieve her car and other personal items. A relative contacted police to report that Mercado was being held against her will.

Police and deputies from the Malheur County . . .