Benton County DA releases letter regarding Days Inn officer-involved shooting

Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson released a letter regarding the officer-involved shooting that killed 32-year old Jeffrey Appelt.

Posted: May 2, 2021 12:02 PM
Updated: May 2, 2021 5:39 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore.--- On April 30th, Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson released a letter regarding the officer-involved shooting of 32-year-old Jeffrey Appelt on April 3rd. This incident occurred at the Days Inn Hotel in Corvallis.

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The evidence reviewed by the Benton County DA's office includes but is not limited to:

  • Police reports regarding the behavior of Appelt leading up to April 3rd
  • Audio recordings of 911/ dispatch calls
  • Days Inn surveillance video
  • Interview of witnesses
  • Interview of involved officers
  • Photographs and videos of scene

In the legal analysis of the letter, it says:

"In the fraction of one second in within which time Granillo was forced to make a decision, it was reasonable for him to conclude that use of deadly force was justified."

Haroldson also stated the final determination based on the deadly force of use review.

"Based upon the evidence made available to this office, including audio and video of the actual events, it is the determination of the Office of the Benton County District Attorney that there is not good reason to believe that a crime was committed by Officer Daniel Granillo in his use of deadly force," Haroldson said in the letter.

Corvallis Police Department released bodycam footage of the incident on the same day of the incident.

To see the full letter, click HERE.

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