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Grand jury rules Jackson County sheriff's deputy shooting was justified

A grand jury has found a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy was justified when he shot a suspect July 21 at a White City Dairy Queen.

According to a press release from the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office, an informant had told police that Terril Boss was in the Dairy Queen parking lot and had a large quantity of drugs and a firearm.

Deputy Trevor Waldeyer and another officer were dispatched to the Dairy Queen, where they found Boss. They allegedly told him he was under investigation and proceeded to pat him down and handcuff him, according to the press release.

Police said Boss began to struggle with one of the deputies and allegedly told them he had a weapon, according to the release. When Boss allegedly reached toward his waistband, Waldeyer shot Boss twice, the release said.

The Oregon State Police Major Assault and Death Invesigation Unity recovered a loaded Springfield .45 pistol.

Police said they found a large quantity of drugs in Boss’ vehicle. He remains in the hospital, according to the release.

A grand jury convened Aug. 6 to determine whether Waldeyer had been justified in the shooting. In addition to ruling that the shooting was justified, the grand jury returned 10 indictments against Boss on drug charges, as well as charges related to his struggle with officers.