A former police officer was arrested Friday after authorities said he fatally shot a man he was involved in a drug case and was later charged with murder.
Karen A. Dofolosky, 54, was arrested in connection with the death of Daniel T. McNeil, 34, who died of a gunshot wound in July 2017 in the small town of Nags Head, Oregon, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
The case was reopened after McNeil’s family requested that Dofolsky be held without bail, said Thurston county sheriff’s spokeswoman Jennifer Fortunato.
Dandosky was an active police officer in the Thurstone area for more than 10 years, according a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Dofolski is being held without bond in Thurston on a charge of first-degree murder.
He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison if convicted.
Authorities said they found the bodies of McNeil and his girlfriend in the backseat of a car that was stopped at a stoplight at about 8:30 p.m. on July 22, 2017.
McNeill was pronounced dead at the scene, and Dofolesky and his partner, who had been driving the car, drove away from the scene.
Officers later found the car abandoned on the side of a road near Nags Town, according the sheriff.
The bodies were discovered by a family member.
The investigation into the case remains open, Fortunatello said.
McNeil was a former police captain in the county and had been working in Nags’ police department, Flicosato said.
Dothersky was a supervisor in the sheriffs office, and she was involved with the narcotics division, she said.
She is the second person to be charged in connection to the case.
On March 3, 2017, a former Oregon police officer named Kevin E. Haugland was charged with first- and second-degree manslaughter in connection in the death last fall of former Nags town resident John K. Williams.
Williams was fatally shot while trying to stop two men suspected of stealing $150 worth of marijuana.
Police said the men were involved in drug activity in Nag’s town.
According to police, Williams was an outspoken critic of law enforcement in Nats town.
He was also a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and had posted on social media about the need to build up police departments in the rural areas of Oregon, authorities said.
Authorities said McNeil died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A preliminary investigation showed the car was the driver’s and was stopped on Interstate 5.