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Name Released in Investigation of Man Who Shot Himself During Traffic Stop

Police say the man was driving with a suspended license, had no outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Shooting investigation

(SALEM, Ore.) - Police have identified the man who shot himself early Saturday evening shortly after being stopped by an Oregon State Police Sergeant on Highway 22 west of Highway 99W.

30-year old Derrick Girard Guajardo of Woodburn died Sunday morning at Salem Hospital.

Saturday at approximately 6:57 PM, OSP Sergeant David Peterson stopped a 1995 Honda Civic four-door displaying Washington license plates on Highway 22 near milepost 18 for a speed-related violation.

After stopping, Peterson says Mr. Guajardo remained inside the car and placed a gun to his head. Sergeant Peterson took cover and then heard a gunshot.

Mr. Guajardo was discovered suffering a gunshot wound to his head and medical personnel were immediately dispatched to the scene.

He was transported to Salem Hospital where he remained in critical condition until he died about 6:28 AM. Police say Derrick Guajardo, who was driving with a suspended license, had no outstanding warrants for his arrest.

OSP detectives will continue to investigate this incident in conjunction with the Polk County District Attorney's Office, including attempting to determine why he took his life shortly after being stopped.

Sergeant Peterson is assigned at the Salem Area Command office. People who are feeling like they need to talk to someone about suicide can visit OREGON Suicide & Crisis Hotlines for resources.


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Anonymous May 19, 2017 12:07 am (Pacific time)

I Love You .

D.G May 19, 2017 12:06 am (Pacific time)

I Miss You Dad ,I Love You So Much I Wish You Were Here With Me ,It Breaks My Heart Knowing That You'll Never Be Able To Say Happy Birthday To Me And Give Me A Big Hug ,It's Hurts When I Know Your Not Gonna Be There The Day I Graduate High School ,Or When You Won't Be Able To Walk Me Down The Isle The Day I Get Married ,One Thing I Will Always Remember About You Is That You'll Always Be My Dad And I'll Always Be Your Daughter And That I love You So Much ,Sometimes I Feel Like Were The Same ,We Both Where Always Different I Guess That's What Made You Special ,You Are Special Dad ,No One Can Ever Replace You ,Your To Amazing To Forget , I Would Do Anything To Ever See You Again ,I Would Even Give Up My Life To See You. - D.G

Anonymous April 28, 2016 3:52 pm (Pacific time)

I miss my dad so much .

kiki November 24, 2009 8:21 am (Pacific time)

I know itz late Sonia y Gizzy but I'm so sorry for your lost and the rest of the guajardo family

sonia June 26, 2009 12:10 am (Pacific time)

i luv u brother 4 ever no matter what "k"? fr: yo y los ninos. u r 4 ever in our hearts . i'll c u @ tha cross roads so b waiting with open arms.i luv u y mi carnal let'em know we luv him k? los quiero muuuuucho :) luv tu carnala (stoney)-(moni) MISS YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!POR VIDA!!!!!!!!!!

andrea January 23, 2009 11:58 pm (Pacific time)

omfg thats my nieces dad man

ana August 12, 2008 10:46 pm (Pacific time)

that was my boyfriend!!! :(

douglas October 22, 2007 12:36 pm (Pacific time)

that wuz my uncle

mreyna August 31, 2007 1:38 pm (Pacific time)

my son grew up with Derrick and knew him well. He will be missed. its so sad and confusing when someone so young takes his own life...

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