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Grand jury: Deputy justified in shooting

A sheriff's deputy was justified in shooting a suicidal Eagle Point man in a Feb. 24 standoff at the man's home, a Jackson County grand jury has determined.

The grand jury met in closed session today in Medford, deliberating less than 15 minutes before clearing Deputy Eric Henderson of wrongdoing in the incident, said District Attorney Mark Huddleston.

The grand jury also returned an indictment against Daniel Edward Waggoner, charging him with attempted aggravated murder, attempted first-degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and other charges, Huddleston said in a press release. Attempted aggravated murder is a Measure 11 crime that carries a minimum sentence of at least 10 years in prison.

Waggoner, 45, remained in critical condition at Rogue Valley Medical Center this week, recovering from being shot. He is in a drug-induced coma and might be paralyzed, said Amy Brown, the mother of the three youngest of Waggoner's seven children.

Brown called 9-1-1 after Waggoner threatened suicide when she tried to visit him at his home on the afternoon of Feb. 24. She said Waggoner was facing foreclosure, was distraught and had a history of depression and bouts of rage.

Deputies responded to Brown's call for help at the 1100 block of Dahlia Terrace in Eagle Point after she heard a shot fired in Waggoner's home. When they arrived, Brown informed them Waggoner was suicidal and armed.

During a two-hour standoff, deputies cordoned off the streets in the rural residential neighborhood just north of Eagle Point while Jackson County's SWAT team and negotiators were called in.

Waggoner was shot after he came out the back of the residence and failed to respond to repeated orders to drop his weapon.

— Staff reports