Grant County District Attorney Jim Carpenter said he was not consulted about the sheriff’s tort claim against John Day and did not personally feel threatened when the two traveled together to a roadblock after the law enforcement action against the refuge occupation leaders Jan. 26.

Sheriff Glenn Palmer recently served the tort claim notice required before suing a public body to the city of John Day, claiming among other things that actions by city dispatchers “knowingly and recklessly” endangered him and Carpenter.

The district attorney, however, said in an email he never felt uncomfortable.

“I was not consulted regarding a tort claim, nor will I be part of it with regard to questions about my personal safety,” he said.

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