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Monday, October 09, 2006

"I was so hopeful that this time I could get him some help," [Glenda Linville] said of making the 911 call. "When I tried in the past they said he had to hurt himself or someone else, and he had never hurt anybody."

Glenda Linville's son Devon Shane Linville, was shot and killed by police. A grand jury has found the officers were justified in using deadly force.

Where is the grand jury to assess Oregon's system, which put everyone in this terrible position?

After a manic episode six weeks before his death, Glenda Linville convinced her son to let her check him into St. Charles Medical Center-Bend to get help for his illness. She said he had been ranting and raving, pacing the floors and talking to God. He rarely slept and sometimes fasted for days at a time.

At the hospital, Devon Linville was diagnosed as delusional and manic, according to hospital records. He told doctors that he believed he was the Messiah and that he had frequent communications with God.

Two physicians recommended putting a psychiatric hold on Linville on July 30, records show, but he was released from the hospital the following day.

"He wouldn't take their medications so they let him out," Glenda Linville said.
 

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