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State police issue report on shooting.

Byline: Rebecca Nolan The Register-Guard

State police detectives investigating a Springfield police officer's shooting of an unarmed 15-year-old boy delivered their report to the Lane County district attorney Wednesday, but it's unclear when the document will be released to the public.

In a written statement Wednesday, District Attorney Doug Harcleroad said he and two of his senior attorneys plan to read the report as soon as possible and release their conclusions to the public. Harcleroad said he did not expect to release any information until Friday at the earliest.

Harcleroad said he may ask for additional follow-up investigation work if necessary.

He said he'll release the state report after "any action we take is complete."

Authorities continue to withhold the name of the Springfield police officer who fatally shot Jason Michael Porter after a brief chase early June 26.

Porter was driving a stolen pickup truck and refused to pull over when the officer activated his lights and siren, police said. Porter eventually stopped on railroad tracks near the Weyerhaeuser Co. plant on 42nd Street north of Main Street, police said.

The officer, who has been on the force less than two years, told investigators he approached the truck, thought he saw a weapon in Porter's hand and fired a single shot through the truck's closed window, police said. The bullet hit Porter in the jaw, and he died at the scene. Porter was unarmed. The Thurston High School sophomore had a history of theft and vandalism.
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Title Annotation:Crime; The county vows a prompt review of an officer's role in a Springfield teen's death
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 7, 2005
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