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The Dalles Police Officer James Finch was justified in fatally shooting James Virl Young, 76, on the evening of March 16, the district attorney ruled Monday. Young, who lived at 1921 E. 10th St., had fired multiple shots into a neighbor’s house, pointed a rifle at the neighbor, and then fired multiple rounds in the direction of responding officers, according to a press release issued Monday afternoon by Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley.

The Dalles Police Chief Patrick Ashmore said Wednesday no more information would be released regarding the officer-involved fatal shooting last Saturday night, including the name of the officer, until the district attorney releases his findings.

A man who was shot and killed by a city police officer Saturday, March 16, as he stood on his porch firing a rifle, had been the subject of a number of calls to police in recent weeks.


A traffic stop Feb. 11 in The Dalles yielded nearly $90,000 worth of methamphetamine and heroin, according to The Dalles Police Department Brian Roy Snyder, 49, of Aurora, was arrested at Sixth and Chenowith Loop after he was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign, said Detective Sergeant Eric Macnab.