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Grand jury: Officers justified in S. Ore. shooting

KLAMATH FALLS — Southern Oregon grand jurors have decided that three law enforcement officers were justified in using deadly force against a robbery suspect who fired at them last month.

Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge said Wednesday that the officers chasing 37-year-old Lenny Miles on Nov. 16 were aware that Miles knew he was also a suspect in a homicide investigation. The prosecutor says officers also knew Miles had told friends he wasn't going back to prison and would "shoot it out with police." In addition, the man was sought on several felony arrest warrants.

Jurors were told that a Klamath Falls police officer, a Klamath County sheriff's deputy and an Oregon State Police trooper fired 23 rounds at Miles after he fired at officers. No officers were hurt.

Patridge declined to provide any details on the homicide, saying the investigation continues. He described Miles as "our primary suspect" in that case.