- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a Eugene police officer was justified in shooting and killing a former Oregon Army National Guard captain who pointed a rifle at officers from his home’s doorway.

Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner on Friday said the decision to shoot “was the only rational choice.”

Police came to Babb’s home after his therapist called 911 and reported Babb was suicidal and had fired a handgun. In the 911 call, the therapist said the 49-year-old Babb is an Afghanistan vet with severe post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1FGfuzf ) Babb’s rifle was later determined to be unloaded; the ammunition was found on a dining room table.

The officer who killed Babb was inside an armored vehicle and standing up through a roof hatch.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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