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The Officer Easton case, closed by no means [Editorial]

The Officer Easton case, closed by no means [Editorial]

"I don't think I'll ever forget that incident," Aberdeen Police Officer Jason Easton says of the morning of Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, when he answered what at first blush appeared to be a routine call and ended up almost being shot to death.

Easton was seriously wounded when he went to the home of a man who said he had been threatened by another man through Internet postings. As Easton and the man stood talking around 3 a.m. in the latter's back yard, a shotgun blast rang out from a nearby woods. Easton was hit in the eye and the torso; the other man – seemingly the target – was not injured.

Police rushed to the scene. Easton was airlifted to the University...