A Marion County sheriff’s sergeant who shot toward a man who injured him during a traffic stop earlier this month was justified in firing his weapon, a grand jury found Monday.
Sgt. Jason Hickam fired toward Juan Francisco Martinez on April 7 near Woodburn, authorities said. Martinez wasn’t injured, according to the county district attorney’s office, and he was arrested later that day.
Prosecutors announced details of the traffic stop Monday, saying Hickam and another sergeant told Martinez during the stop that his Cadillac Escalade would have to be towed because he didn’t have insurance. They said Martinez then started the engine and began driving away while Hickam’s arm was caught inside the SUV.
Hickam fired once toward the SUV before being “thrown to the ground,” prosecutors said. He was treated and released from a hospital. The other sergeant, Kevin Roberts, wasn’t injured.
The grand jury also indicted Martinez, 35, on