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Grand jury to review officer-involved shooting

A Jackson County grand jury will meet Wednesday to review the shooting of an apparently suicidal Eagle Point man by a sheriff's deputy in February after the man fired on officers and failed to drop his weapon.

Dan Edward Waggoner, 45, remains in critical condition at Rogue Valley Medical Center after being shot multiple times by Jackson County sheriff's Deputy Eric Henderson.

Waggoner 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.

Upon their arrival, SWAT team members moved closer and Waggoner reportedly fired rounds in the direction of their armored carrier. Waggoner was shot after he come out the back of the residence and failed to respond to repeated orders to drop his weapon. No one else was injured in the shooting, said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters.

Henderson has been placed on paid administrative leave while the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit conducts an investigation. The unit is made up of representatives of Jackson County law enforcement agencies, said Winters.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail sspecht@mailtribune.com.