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Death of man shot by West Linn police ruled suicide


WEST LINN, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say a man fatally shot by West Linn police has been identified as 25-year-old Chance Thompson, and his death was ruled a suicide.

Officers were dispatched Friday night on a report of a suicidal man armed with a handgun. Shortly after police arrived, Officer Brad Moyle fired a shot that killed Thompson.

West Linn police Capt. Neil Hennelly said in a statement that Moyle will remain on administrative leave during the investigation.

Though an officer fired the shot, the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a suicide because of the man’s statements and behavior.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports this at least the fifth time since 2012 that suicide has been ruled the cause of death in a shooting involving Oregon police.

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