Marion County Grand Jury Rules Deadly Shooting Justified

Posted on March 11, 2020

A Marion County Grand Jury unanimously found that the police shooting of William Kyle Bluestone on February 14th, 2020, was a lawful use of deadly force. It happened around 12:49 pm, on that day, when Margarita Bluestone reported to Silverton Police that she had been assaulted by her husband, William Bluestone, at her apartment in Silverton earlier that morning. Aside from the reported domestic violence crime of Felony Assault IV, a records check confirmed that William Bluestone had a Probation Violation Warrant for his arrest at that time as well. After police arrived, Bluestone was found hiding under a bed with a gun. After more than one hour of attempting to negotiate, William Bluestone began yelling at Officers and then suddenly shot himself in the chest. Officer Hein, who was unsure who William Bluestone was shooting at, immediately fired a single shot, striking William Bluestone in the stomach. First aid was attempted, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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