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Rodney Ray Layman, 31. Fatally shot Dec. 1 after a short car chase led to an apartment complex parking lot in the 13500 block of Southwest Jenkins Road in Beaverton, where Layman lived and worked. Police and eyewitnesses, including Layman's mother and stepbrother, gave conflicting accounts of the shooting. Witnesses said Layman held both hands in the air and took only four steps toward Deputy Shawn Blalack when he was shot. But Blalack told detectives that he feared for his life as Layman, 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, walked at him aggressively with his left hand at his side, where he might be able to grab a weapon. Layman ignored his orders to stop and put his hands in the air, the deputy said. An autopsy showed Layman's blood-alcohol level was 0.17, more than twice the legal limit. A Washington County grand jury declined to indict the deputy, and a federal lawsuit was dismissed in October 2003. Layman was a painter for a construction company for about the 10 years.