MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert still has no timeline for a grand jury to hear evidence in last Thursday’s officer involved shooting. Heckert says her office and Medford Police Department are investigating the incident.
The agencies investigating the shooting will interview witnesses, gather evidence, and process evidence, before they present the officer’s cases to a grand jury for review.
“All of those variables vary each time you have a different case. Each time has a different scenario. That’s why it’s hard to predict exactly how long it will take,” says Heckert.
On average, the investigations take about two to four weeks.
After Oregon senate bill 111 passed in 2008, every case in the state is handled under a specific protocol listed in the bill. Lt. Mike Budreau with the Medford Police Department says they take each of these incidents seriously.
“Anytime there is a use of force, the officer’s actions are very highly scrutinized… as they should be,” said Budreau. “We want to make sure the public has trust in their local police, and that they’re going to do a thorough investigation regardless of the circumstances.”
While the investigation continues, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave. During this time, the department is filling those holes by adjusting other officer schedules and potentially bringing in overtime patrols.