Man cleared in fatal self-defense shooting in Selma


A man was cleared by a Josephine County grand jury Thursday in the shooting deaths of two men after it was determined the shooting was self-defense.

At about 12:30 a.m. on July 27, Oregon State Police responded to a shooting on Highway 199 near Reeves Creek Road in Selma.

They found two Cave Junction residents Matthew J. Cortez, 28, and Jesse Swift, 28 , both shot to death on the road.

Jesse McCrea was detained but not charged in the shooting.

On December 20, a grand jury was presented with the case by the Josephine County district attorney.

They determined there wasn’t enough evidence to disprove the shooting was done in self-defense. However, they indicted McCrea for driving under the influence of intoxicants.

“It must be noted,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Lisa Turner said, “that the use of physical force and/or deadly physical force is analyzed on a case-by-case basis. In each case involving the use of self-defense, a fact-specific inquiry into the reasonableness of the use of self-defense must be made to determine if such actions are justified under Oregon law.”

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