Man justified in fatal shooting outside his Central Oregon home

A grand jury determined that the Prineville man believed his life was in danger at the time he fired.

Posted: Feb. 15, 2018 10:39 AM

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A grand jury has found a Prineville man who fatally shot another man outside his home was justified in using deadly physical force under the circumstances.

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The Bulletin reported Wednesday that the jury determined it was reasonable for Larry Hoevet to believe his life was in danger at the time he fired a gun at Kenneth McBeth from his home.

The Crook County District Attorney's Office says Hoevet shot Kenneth McBeth of Prineville Oct. 22 after an argument.

Witness accounts say McBeth arrived at Hoevet's home and began knocking on Hoevet's front door demanding the return of personal property. The two men - acquaintances with a history of physical aggression toward each other - argued before McBeth threw a chair through Hoevet's front window.

Hoevet described firing two shots toward the broken window, striking McBeth with one bullet.

McBeth retreated and collapsed.

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