Wednesday, September 12 2012, 09:26 PM CDT
Grand jury finds deadly shooting justified
WHITE CITY, Ore.-- A Jackson County grand jury has decided a deadly shooting last month in White City was justified.
Police say Mark Corsbie forced his way into Norman Thomas's home on Andrea Drive on August 20. Thomas shot and killed Corsbie.
Wednesday the grand jury heard testimony from investigators, three witnesses and also heard the 911 calls made that day. According to testimony, several calls were received the day of the shooting, reporting a man was running through the neighborhood and appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Reports of drug use were corraborated by 911 tapes of Corsbie's daughter who called police saying she was looking for her father, who had called her and was "meth'n."
The testimony continued with Thomas's 40-year-old daughter who reported Corsbie approached her outside the house and said he was being chased by gang members. She told the jury she sent her 12-year-old son inside and tried to help Corsbie. She testified she called 911.
During the course of the call, Corsbie was heard saying he was on medication for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Also during the call, Corsbie was heard asking to go inside Thomas's home. Eventually, Ms. Thomas was heard struggling with the suspect and yelling, "Stop! Stop!," according to a press release by Jackson County District Attorney's Office.
Investigators said Corsbie tried pushing his way into the home and that's when Mr. Thomas shot him. Thomas does not have a prior criminal history and had not shot his revolver prior to the incident, according to investigators.
An autopsy revealed Corsbie died from a gunshot wound to his neck and upper chest. He also tested positive for Methamphetamine, Methadone and Oxycodone.
It took the grand jury less than ten minutes to declare the shooting justified, according to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.