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Man Killed by Police Had Methamphetamine in System
The Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier says toxicology reports indicated that the Coos Bay man killed by police gunfire had methamphetamines in his system. Earlier this week, the DA said officers were justified in the actions that led to the death of 47-year-old Eric Kevin Sweet on June 23rd. Sweet had reportedly contacted Coos Bay Police around 6:20 am at city hall. Two short pursuits by Coos Bay, Confederated Tribal and Oregon State Police Departments ended up at Sweet’s home on Johnson Street in Coos Bay. When the suspect emerged from the home with multiple weapons and ammunition. appeared to load a .30-30 rifle and then failed to drop the weapon and raised it toward police, officers opened fire. Sweet was knocked to the ground, but reached for the weapons according to officer and eyewitness reports. Sweet died at the scene despite officers attempts to save him and before medical crews arrived. Authorities found methamphetamines and paraphernalia inside the car that Sweet was driving and his home. Frasier said evidence gathered during the investigation is overwhelmingly in support of the officers and their decisions to fire, and that they complied with applicable laws of self-defense.