Grand Jury Clears Officers And Deputy In April 24 Fatal Shooting

Portland, Ore. — A grand jury has determined that two Portland police officers and a Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputy acted within the law during a shooting incident that resulted in the death of a local man.

The officers involved, Nick Wombold and Brian Wheeler from the Portland Police Bureau, along with David Sloboda from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the death of Jack James Watson.

On June 9, the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office presented the investigation into the fatal shooting of Watson, which occurred on April 24, to a grand jury panel.

Watson was a suspect in the murder of Zachary Freeman, which took place in Portland the previous evening. When law enforcement officers attempted to apprehend Watson, he was armed and opened fire on them. In response, the officers returned fire, ultimately striking Watson, who was pronounced dead at the scene.