Deputy honored for helping woman accused of shoplifting

Deputy honored for helping woman accused of shoplifting »Play Video
Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Stanton (left) stands with Deputy McQueen at a recent ceremony recognizing his actions. (KATU image)

WOOD VILLAGE, Ore. - A Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy was honored recently for going beyond the call of duty.
    
Deputy DeWayne McQueen was sent to the Wood Village Walmart on March 19 to arrest a woman for shoplifting.
     
McQueen gave the woman a citation but he also noticed the items the woman took - some children's underwear and socks - were unusual and not the kind of things usually taken by shoplifters.

McQueen learned that the woman had been unemployed for a year and was living at a Gresham hotel with her four children. She said she took the items for her children, according to remarks at a recent ceremony.

She was also accused of stealing food so the kids could have something to eat at school.

Deputy McQueen, after checking in with his superior, went back to the store, bought the items the woman had stolen, and then took them to the woman at her hotel.

The woman was also directed to get possible assistance for herself and her children. McQueen's actions were "beyond what would be expected in making a positive difference for this family," a speaker at the ceremony said.

McQueen was given a framed Letter of Commendation for his actions.