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Oakridge Police: Woman kills half-brother in self-defense, 'feared for her life'

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OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- One man is dead after police in Oakridge say a woman killed her half-brother in self-defense in December, Oakridge Police Department said in a news release Thursday.

Around 11:30 p.m. on December 23, Oakridge officers responded to 47572 Teller Road for a report of a gunshot wound.

Officers located 45-year-old Justin Ryan with a gunshot wound inside the residence.

An Oakridge Fire Department paramedic pronounced Ryan dead at 11:56 p.m., the report said.

Officers detained 36-year-old Angela Slabaugh and two others at the time.

Witness statements and evidence showed Ryan forced his way into the residence through the front door and advanced on Slabaugh with his arms raised and hands outstretched towards her neck, the report said.

Slabaugh feared for her life, the report said, and she fired one shot from a .45 caliber handgun that she routinely carries.

Slabaugh had a valid Lane County Concealed Handgun License at the time of the shooting, Oakridge Police said.

Reports and evidence were presented to the Lane County District Attorney’s Office, who said "there was no crime committed and it was an act of self-defense," the report said.

Slabaugh and Ryan are half-brother and sister.

"This was an isolated incident and there is no danger to the citizens of Oakridge," police said.

Lane County Sheriff’s Detectives, Oregon State Police Detectives, and a Medical Examiner from the Lane County District Attorney’s Office responded to assist in the investigation.

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