County DA says Lukus Glenn shooting was justified
- Jennifer Clampet
- The Times - News
Family unhappy with decision, expects to respond to letter
Washington County's district attorney said Wednesday that the Sept. 16 shooting of 18-year-old Lukus Glenn was justified.
That decision didn't sit well with the Glenn family, according to lawyer Michael Cox, who represents the Glenns.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Robert Bletko wrote in a n Oct. 10 letter that a county investigation concluded the shooting was 'tragic' but 'legally justified.'
'There is no good reason to believe that the deputies committed a crime and therefore a grand jury review in this case is not warranted,' Bletko wrote.
Cox said he had not yet seen the letter from the district attorney's office. The family planned to issue a statement sometime today, Cox said.
The three-page letter was sent to Washington County Sheriff Rob Gordon and included a summary of the events that led up to the fatal shooting of Lukus Glenn outside his parents' Metzger home.
Deputies responded shortly after 3 a.m. Sept. 16 to the family's residence. Hope Glenn, Lukus' mother, had called 911 to report her intoxicated son was suicidal and had threatened violence.
Deputies Mikhail Gerba and Tim Mateski responded first to the house. Tigard police officer Andrew Pastore arrived shortly after with a beanbag shotgun.
After Glenn reportedly failed to comply with commands to drop a knife he was holding, Pastore fired six rounds of beanbags. At least five of the bags struck Glenn.
As Pastore was reloading the beanbag shotgun, the letter notes that Glenn turned and began running toward the entrances of the residence.
Gerba and Mateski then fired a total of 11 rounds at Glenn who then 'collapsed within arm's reach of one of the entrances.'
Eight bullets struck Glenn.
'It is clear that Mr. Glenn was extremely distraught and angry with his parents on the night of his death,' Bletko wrote.
'It is one thing for a deputy to hesitate in using deadly physical force endangering his own life. It is quite another for a deputy to hesitate when doing so endangers the life of someone who has called for help. Mr. Glenn's mother told the 911 operator she was safe as long as her son didn't run into the house.'
Bletko's letter referenced Glenn's autopsy and toxicology results, which showed a 0.18 blood alcohol level at the time of his death.
'Glenn's intoxication… obviously contributed to his irrational and aggressive behavior,' Bletko noted.
According to the letter, detectives are investigating who provided Glenn with the alcohol the young man consumed on the night of his death.
A letter released Oct. 5 on behalf of the Glenn family from Lawrence Peterson, another lawyer for the family, called for a public inquest into the shooting of Lukus Glenn.
The letter, which came out one week before the district attorney's decision not to pursue grand jury review, noted that the family did not believe 'a grand jury proceeding alone (would) fully and fairly address the circumstances of Luke's death.'
'The Glenn family has lost confidence in Washington County's ability to perform the full and fair investigation that has been promised to the public,' according to the family's letter.