Police Fatally Shoot Man Who Attempted Suicide….Were They Wrong?

Police shot and killed a 70-year-old man who attempted to kill himself just three weeks prior. Were the police wrong for doing so? It’s hard to answer without the details of why they killed him, so here’s what we know:

  1. The Oregon man attempted suicide
  2. Three weeks later, police were called to Robert Vaughan’s home after neighbors reported that he was in his from yard, shooting a rifle
  3. Lt. Scott McKee reported that one neighbor claims Vaughan said he wanted the police to kill him
  4. When police arrived on scene, Vaughan was inside with the windows covered
  5. McKee stated that, “(Officers) could hear pounding noises and what sounded like furniture being moved around.”
  6. An hour later, he got into a confrontation with the police
  7. Vaughan was shot and killed


Was this a mercy killing? Could the man have walked away from that situation alive? The confrontation must have been bad enough that the police needed to shoot.
Perhaps  Vaughan shot at them. We do not know that information yet.
Spokesman reports:
Police tried to get Vaughan to leave the house, but his responses were either hostile or unintelligible, he said.

McKee said police had a confrontation with Vaughan around 7 a.m., and more than one officer fired. No officers were injured. Police have yet to say if Vaughan fired at them.

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Police went to Vaughan’s home on June 30 after he sliced his wrists in a suicide attempt, McKee said. Officers took four loaded firearms for safekeeping during that incident, he added, but Vaughan refused to grant them access to a larger gun safe.

A month earlier, police were called to a steakhouse and sports bar on a report that Vaughan was drunk, down and disoriented near closing time. When officers arrived, Vaughan pulled out a handgun and placed it on the bar. Vaughan, who had a concealed weapons permit, was taken to a hospital for observation, McKee said.

This is also not the first time police have been to his home. According to Spokesman, officers have been called to the residence many times on gun-related incidents. One time, Vaughan shot two teens in their legs after an altercation. However he claimed self-defense, and was not charged.

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