SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The man killed by police in the Best Buy parking lot on March 14 charged at the officer with a tire iron, Lane County District Attorney Patty Perlow said.
The officer-involved shooting has been ruled lawful.
Perlow said witnesses saw Chase Brooks, 32, damaging vehicles in the parking lot at 3300 Gateway Street and called 911. One caller was being directly threatened, she said.
Officers Eric Pardee and Anthony DelCastillo responded to the sceen just after 3:30 p.m.
When confronted with police, Brooks reportedly turned to a passerby and said, “Are you ready to see someone get shot by the cops?”
Perlow said Pardee attempted to deescalate the situation, but Brooks moved to attack him. Pardee ordered him to stop, and Brooks did not, which is when Pardee shot at Brooks three times, hitting him in the heart and a lung. Pardee said he feared for his life.
The Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team took into consideration video from witnesses, surveillance video and a 3D scan of the scene.
Pardee has been with the Springfield Police Department for more than 18 years.