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Gaston man not responsible for death of police officer

safety -- Charges will not be filed against Trent Long in the death of Randall Nunnenkamp

No charges will be filed against Trent Long, the 19-year-old Gaston man who struck and killed a Washington County Detective riding his motorcycle in June.

'There's insufficient evidence of a crime,' said Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry.

Long was driving his 1986 Nissan truck northbound near the intersection of North Valley Road and Laughlin Road in Yamhill County on June 6 when sunlight blinded him and caused him to cross the centerline. He hit 47-year-old Randall L. Nunnenkamp, a detective in the county's child abuse unit traveling in the opposite direction on his Harley Davidson.

Nunnenkamp was employed by the county sheriff's office for 17 years and was a well-known advocate for victims. A memorial held shortly after his death drew hundreds of mourners in uniform from across the Metro area.

Family members and friends describe Long, a recent graduate of Gaston High School, as hard working, responsible and caring. At the time of the accident, his father, Harold Long, said his son was devastated.

When he heard last week that his son would not be charged with any crime, Long said he was relieved.

'You're telling me news I'm just finding out,' he said. 'We've been worrying about it continually.'

Harold Long said his son is working in Newberg. Occasionally he visits Nunnenkamp's grave at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

'It's still something that weighs heavy on my son,' Long said.