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DA Says Use of Force Justified In Shooting Near Cottage Grove

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County District Attorney has found sheriff's deputies were justified in their use of deadly force in an incident last month that resulted in a suspect and deputy being shot and wounded.

On September 25th, Lane County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired at a residence on London Road outside Cottage Grove. Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow says Todd Olson and Richard Glessner were the responding Deputies. Carlos Roa is the suspect.

Perlow: "Mr. Roa was firing an AK 47. He turned toward law enforcement. He engaged in firing toward law enforcement and they returned fire and under those circumstances, it is most definitely a lawful use of deadly force."

Credit Rachael McDonald
The Lane County DA provided a photograph of the AK-47 with which Roa reportedly shot at deputies.

Deputy Olson was shot and wounded as was the suspect, Carlos Roa. Both are reported in stable condition. Olson is recovering at home. Roa is lodged at the Lane County Jail. Because the criminal investigation is still underway, Perlow would not release more details on what happened.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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