A Douglas County grand jury has ruled that the force used against two men who died this year while being taken into custody was justified in both cases. Both men were stunned with Tasers.
Gregory Allen Price, 56, of Sublimity died June 22 after an altercation with Roseburg police in front of the Douglas County Courthouse.
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office said today that the grand jury heard testimony over two days before ruling last Tuesday that police actions were justified.
An autopsy found heart problems, stress, methamphetamine use and excited delirium contributed to Price’s death, according to the district attorney’s office.
The grand jury Monday came to the same conclusion in the March 3 death of Walter Ray McKelvey, 26, of Canyonville. Deputies said McKelvey was acting erratically and impeding traffic on Main Street in Canyonville. Deputies stunned McKelvey with Tasers to subdue him.
An autopsy concluded that methamphetamine intoxication, excited delirium and a brain cyst caused McKelvey’s death.