UCC shooting investigation complete: 'Indications are that the shooter acted alone'
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has completed its investigation and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office has reviewed the facts of the Umpqua Community College shooting which took place on October 1, 2015, the sheriff's office said.
The DA's Office has determined that there will be no criminal charges filed against anyone regarding this investigation.
"All investigative indications are that the shooter acted alone in this incident," the sheriff's office said in a news release. "The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement officers when confronted."
Investigators conducted hundreds of hours of interviews and collected numerous pieces of evidence during the course of the investigation.
Statements from Sheriff John Hanlin and District Attorney Rick Wesenberg:
"Our offices wish to extend our deepest condolences to all those affected by this horrific and cowardice act of violence."
"We wish to express our thanks to the countless number of community members from Douglas County and across the world who offered their support during this investigation."
"Additionally, we wish to thank our public safety partners from Oregon and all over the United States for their response to the college campus."
"We ask the media to respect the collective voice of our offices, the survivors and the families of the victims by refraining from printing or airing anything which would shock the conscious of this community and promote this type of reprehensible behavior by would-be copycatters."
"Sheriff Hanlin reiterates his request to not speak or print the shooter's name, as he does not deserve the attention he desperately sought."
Umpqua Community College released a statement stating the investigation has been in process since immediately after the event and that "UCC was a passive participant in this process. The college provided all information to the investigators and participated as needed through this two-year process. The college was not actively a part of putting together the report that was developed," the news release said.
Statement from UCC president Debra Thatcher:
“The release of this report is another step in our community’s recovery process. We appreciate the thoughtful work that was done to fully examine the incident and develop the report. We ask that our community supports each other as we all process this information.”
By phone, someone in the Douglas County District Attorney's Office said no one would comment further. An email to the district attorney Wesenberg at 10 a.m. received an automated reply that read, "I am out of the office and will be returning September 11th, 2017."
An email for comment to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received this reply: "The Sheriff’s Office will not be granting interviews or making additional statements regarding this investigation beyond what was provided in the press release."