BEND, OR -- Deschutes County's District Attorney is investigating the use of force by Redmond police, last week, which led to a man's death.
Michael Gaskill was allegedly waving a gun at cars in front of St. Charles hospital in Redmond. Four officers responded, each in their own vehicle. One approached the man, and at some point another officer struck Gaskill with his patrol car. D.A. John Hummel tells KBND News, "Since there were four police cars, you have numerous dash camera videos. So, the investigation is extensive but the evidence is robust; which is good. We have these videos, we have numerous witness statements."
Gaskill was immediately taken inside the Redmond hospital and then flown to St. Charles Bend with serious injuries. He died two days later. Hummel says he will look at the evidence gathered at the scene by the Tri County Major Incident team, led by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. "Police officers are the experts at gathering the evidence, and the Tri County Major Incident Team is doing that. Then, once all the evidence is gathered, I will review it and make a decision whether a crime was committed. So, I'm working in conjunction with them."
Hummel expects his use of deadly force investigation to last two more weeks. He plans to release the names of the involved officers, Friday.