Review: Deputies acted reasonably in fatally shooting teen

Review: Deputies acted reasonably in fatally shooting teen

HILLSBORO, Ore. - Washington County sheriff's deputies involved in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Lukus Glenn near Tigard last fall were properly trained and took appropriate actions, a department administrative review released Thursday concluded.

Glenn was killed by deputies on Sept. 16 outside his home after his mother called 911 to say he was out of control.

Glenn was angry at his parents that night, smashing out windows to his parents' vehicles with his bare hands and a shovel, kicking in the front door and saying someone was going to die that night, according to the Washington County District Attorney.

Tests showed the teen's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit for drivers when he was killed, and he was also armed with a pocket knife. It was not clear where Glenn got the alcohol.

A review by the district attorney last fall determined the officers were justified in using deadly force.

A Tigard officer initially fired non-lethal beanbag rounds at him when he refused to drop the pocket knife. The deputies then shot him with live rounds, hitting him with eight bullets.

The report noted that deputies shot Glenn while he was heading toward his home with the knife because they believed he posed a risk of killing or seriously injuring those inside.

At a news conference Thursday, Washington County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Pat Garrett said Glenn's move toward the door made lethal force the only option left to safeguard his parents inside the home.

"The (officers) did their very best to save Lukus Glenn's life," he said.

A lawyer representing the family has criticized deputies for not using a Taser before firing bullets and has claimed Glenn's death could have been prevented.

The lawyer, Lawrence Peterson, has also claimed there was virtually no gap between the time deputies shot Glenn with beanbag rounds and bullets.

The sheriff's office on Thursday said eight seconds passed between the firing of the first of six beanbag rounds and the firing of lethal rounds.

In his executive summary, Washington County Sheriff Rob Gordon said that was a "appropriate amount of time to allow the beanbag rounds to be effective."

Deputies would also not likely have used Tasers in this situation because Glenn was out of range for the stun guns to be effective, Gordon wrote.

The sheriff said the Tasers have a maximum effective range of 21 feet.

In a notice of intent to sue filed last month on behalf of Glenn's family, Peterson claimed that officers were not appropriately trained in using deadly force and in dealing with crisis situations.

The sheriff, in his summary, said he had determined additional crisis intervention training would have made no difference in the outcome of the incident.

"The deputies were forced to make a quick and difficult decision that night, and I have concluded that they acted appropriately," Gordon wrote.