Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputies will not face criminal charges in the death of an elderly woman who died in July after she was shot by a stun gun.
Deputies used a stun gun to disarm 87-year-old Phyllis A. Owens of Boring as she brandished what they believed was a semiautomatic handgun at a mobile home park.
The park manager had told dispatchers that Owens pulled out a pistol and threatened to shoot him.
After Owens collapsed, deputies determined she was carrying a pellet gun.
In declining to bring any charges, Senior Deputy District Attorney Scott Healy says the deputies, believing Owens was a threat, would have been justified in shooting her, but tried a less-lethal measure.