Officers who shot, wounded teen cleared of any wrongdoing

(Information from: The Bulletin,

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office has found that two officers who shot and wounded a teenager were justified in shooting the 18-year-old because he shot at one of them first.

The Bend Bulletin reports that a Jefferson County deputy and Oregon State Police sergeant were cleared of wrongdoing on Wednesday.

Both officers fired at 18-year-old Christopher James Thomas Sweeney after he fired a semi-automatic pistol at the deputy. The incident happened Nov. 2 when police say Sweeny led officers on a chase in a stolen vehicle before losing control.

Sweeney was seriously wounded and airlifted to the hospital, where he is still recovering. His current condition was unavailable.

Sweeney could face charges in Jefferson and Deschutes counties.