Tigard to pay $3.8 million to mother of man killed by police during mental health crisis

Jacob Macduff

Oregonian, July 27 2022

The City of Tigard will pay $3.8 million to the mother of 26-year-old Jacob Macduff, who was fatally shot by Tigard police while experiencing a mental health crisis outside of his apartment complex in January 2021.

As part of the July 2022 wrongful death settlement agreement, the city agreed to undergo an independent review of their officer’s conduct during the shooting. The city also agreed to implement 15 changes to its policies and procedures as a result of the shooting, including training officers in de-escalation, moving up the timeline for implementing body-worn cameras and creating a mental health response team that will also serve Sherwood, Tualatin and King City.

Man killed by Tigard police officer was in mental health crisis, roommate says

Oregonian, January 8, 2021

The man fatally shot by a Tigard police officer on Wednesday was in the throes of a mental health crisis that had escalated in the days before his death, a friend who lived with him said Friday.

Jacob Macduff, 26, had struggled with an undiagnosed mental health problem, said the friend, Theresa Chapin. Macduff’s mother told The Oregonian/OregonLive that the illness might have been bipolar disorder.

His erratic behavior prompted Chapin and other friends to call 911 a total of five times in the week leading up to his fatal shooting.


Independent Review and Analysis of the Officer-Involved Shooting Death of Jacob Macduff – OIR Group February 2023

Review faults Tigard police in 2021 fatal shooting: ‘This report confirms all my worst suspicions,’ victim’s mother says
February 21, 2023 – Oregonian – PAYWALLED

Two years after Tigard police shot and killed a 26-year-old man – and six months after the city settled a lawsuit with the man’s family for $3.8 million – an independent review of the shooting criticized the suburban police department’s investigation as “biased and unprofessional.”

In agreeing to the settlement, the city of Tigard denied any “liability or fault or wrongdoing” in the death of Jacob Macduff but agreed to cooperate with an outside review by the OIR Group, an independent police-oversight consultancy based in Southern California.