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Officers cleared in apartment shooting

RULING -- Police acted properly when they shot and killed Neil Bruce Marcy

An investigation by the Washington County District Attorney's office has cleared three Forest Grove police officers of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of Neil Bruce Marcy.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Roger Hanlon concluded last week that local police officers acted appropriately on Oct. 8 when they shot and killed Marcy, 45, following a brief standoff at the College Place Apartments.

Marcy called 911 dispatch from his apartment at 10:49 p.m. on Oct. 8 and reported that a shooting was about to happen. Officers responded to the scene and evacuated nearby units, then pleaded with Marcy to hand over his weapon. The officers responded with deadly force after Marcy exited his apartment with two handguns and threatened to start shooting.

Interviews with Marcy's friends and family revealed that he waged a lifelong battle with sobriety and had recently become depressed and suicidal.

An autopsy revealed that Marcy's blood alcohol level at the time of the shooting was .24, over twice the legal limit.