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Grand jury says Medford officer was justified in firing his gun

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A Jackson County grand jury ruled Wednesday that a Medford police officer who shot at an armed man April 2 acted properly.

Jurors determined that Medford police officer Joshua Marshall was justified in using deadly force to stop Tyler Delugach, who was armed and deemed to be suicidal.

Delugach, 24, threatened to shoot himself in the head after police stopped him as he was driving his car near the intersection of Archer and Martin drives.

Delugach’s wife had called 911 to report that her husband was suicidal and in possession of a firearm.

It was later determined that Delugach was injured by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest.

Marshall thought Delugach had shot at another police officer trying to persuade Delugach to put down his gun and talk about his problems.

Officers can use deadly physical force “to defend the peace officers or another person from the use or threatened imminent use of deadly physical force.”

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation with assistance from members of the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit.

The investigation led to the conclusion that Marshall’s shots struck the vehicle and not Delugach himself.

Grand jurors also indicted Delugach for driving under the influence of intoxicants, recklessly endangering another person and second-degree disorderly conduct – potentially all misdemeanor offenses.