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Oregon State Police Continuing Officer Involved Fatal Shooting Investigation

The suspect was fatally injured and died at the Salem Hospital.

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(SALEM, Ore.) - The Monmouth City Police Department responded to a call the evening of July 5th, at an apartment complex in regard to a male suspect who was allegedly trespassing and harassing an ex-girlfriend at that location.

When Police officers arrived at the scene, they learned that the male suspect had been involved in a confrontation with a male tenant of the apartments in which the suspect pulled out a knife, but the suspect had already left the area.

The Monmouth Police Department sent an attempt to locate (ATL) to the local agencies in the area with the suspect's information and a description of his vehicle.

They told the local agencies they had probable cause to arrest the suspect for Trespassing and Menacing and the suspect was believed to be armed with a knife.

Polk County Sheriff's Office Deputies then set up on Highway 22W near Doaks Ferry Rd. looking for the suspect and his vehicle.

About 9:45 p.m., Polk County Sheriff's Deputies stopped the vehicle on Highway 22 near milepost 23 (Holman Frontage Road), and began giving commands to the suspect in an attempt effect an arrest.

A Polk County Deputy fired shots and the suspect was injured. They requested backup. An Oregon State Trooper also responded to the scene to assist after shots had been fired.

During the continued confrontation, the OSP Trooper deployed less-lethal force options.

Medical aid was rendered to the adult male suspect and he was transported to the Salem Hospital where he was treated, but later died from his injuries.

Following the Polk County Senate Bill 111 Officer Involved Shooting protocols, the Polk County Interagency Major Crimes Team was contacted and it was decided the Oregon State Police would be the lead agency for this investigation.

Highway 22 was closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted, reopening early Wednesday morning.

Agencies who assisted on scene were Salem Fire, Flack Ambulance, Polk County District Attorney's Office, Independence Police and Monmouth Police.

As this is an ongoing investigation, more information will be released when it becomes available. At this time, neither the identity of the suspect or the deputy involved in the shooting have been released.

Sources include: OSP news release


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