DA: Shooting of Roseburg arson suspect ruled justified

A Grand Jury determined the use of force was lawful because it was an act to protect civilians and officers.

Posted: Sep 22, 2021 11:53 AM
Updated: Sep 23, 2021 2:26 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Douglas County District Attorney Richard Wesenberg Jr. announced Wednesday that the shooting of an arson suspect earlier this month has been ruled justified.

On Sept. 9, an officer shot at John Kliestik, 39, in Roseburg, hitting him in the leg, on the 1300 block of SE Magnolia Street.

Police said Kliestik had been setting his parents' home on fire while they were inside, and officers responding to the scene were confronted by the man.

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Wesenberg said a Grand Jury determined that the use of force was lawful because it was an act to protect civilians and officers.

After the shooting, Kliestik was taken to Mercy Medical Center with injuries that were not life threatening, and the fire was put out.

The Grand Jury also indicted Kliestik for two counts of first-degree arson, two counts of second-degree attempted murder, three counts of first-degree attempted murder, five counts of first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault, assaulting a public safety officer, two counts of menacing and two counts of recklessly endangering another person. 

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