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Salem Police Shoot Dog- Bullet Strikes ManJerry Freeman Salem-News.com
A man was shot in the foot and transported to Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
(SALEM) - A Salem Police officer setting out to shoot a pit bull ended up shooting a man who apparently tried to place himself between the gun and the dog.
A Salem Police officer was firing at the pit bull, a spokesman says, when 38-year old Steven Deleon jumped in, apparently trying to intervene in the situation.
The incident occurred at 2020 Park Ave NE in Salem at approximately 3:20 pm on October 20.
Salem Police Officers Darren Buchholz and Travis Brossard were in the residence speaking with people when they were reportedly attacked by a pit bull.
Officer Buchholz says he attempted to push the dog away, but when the dog continued to attack he drew his firearm and shot the animal in self defense.
Deleon was struck by the gunshot in the foot and was transported to Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Officers Buchholz and Brossard are not injured and will both be placed on administrative leave as is standard procedure while the incident is being investigated.
The Oregon State Police will be coordinating and conducting this investagation. Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada tells Salem-News.com that this is standard procedure for the Salem Police Department to request the Oregon State Police conduct an independent investigation of incidents of this nature. The dog was shot and killed. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.
Jerry Freeman is part of a new generation of dedicated news photographers who entered the Internet news industry as a second career. He shares in common with many people who fulfilled their life dream of becoming a visual journalist. Joining the Navy at an early age, and the Oregon Army Guard a few years later, Jerry has a wide range of life experiences. He describes himself as “a truck driver with a new found passion to bear witness to the world’s events.”
Teaming up with Salem-News.com he embarked on a new career as a video news photographer and reporter. Jerry's quick exhibition of natural talent and ability to shoot breaking news led to his becoming a published member of the Salem-News.com team.
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