- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) - A Newport officer who shot and wounded a hammer-wielding suspect has been found to be justified in his use of force against the 53-year-old man.

KOIN-TV reports (https://goo.gl/3qkcKv ) the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that Officer Andrew Ashpole was justified in the Dec. 9 shooting of Nantharath Thilavanh.

Police responded to a recreational vehicle park to reports of an unwanted person on the property when they encountered Thilavanh, who they say had knives and a hammer in his possession. Police say he refused officers’ commands to drop the weapons.

Officers allegedly tried to subdue Thilavanh with a Taser multiple times, but were unsuccessful.

The District Attorney’s Office says Ashpole opened fire after the suspect lunged at an officer with the hammer.

Thilavanh was taken to a hospital.


Information from: KOIN-TV, https://www.koin.com/

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