March 31, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
At the request of Oregon State Police (OSP), the Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) is starting an investigation into the death of an adult male who fatally shot himself Sunday afternoon after being stopped by OSP on Highway 126W about five miles west of Veneta. The names of the involved deceased male and the OSP officer are withheld and may be released Monday after next of kin notifications are confirmed and release is authorized by LCSO.
Preliminary information indicates on March 31, 2013 at approximately 1:22 p.m., an OSP sergeant stopped a passenger car on Highway 126W near milepost 39 related to a speeding violation. As the sergeant was getting out of the patrol car to contact the driver, the vehicle sped forward a short distance, traveled into a ditch and collided with a tree.
When the sergeant got up to the crashed vehicle he saw the lone male occupant suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The man was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.
No other information to be released pending completion of the initial investigation. Investigative questions should be directed to Lane County Sheriff's Office.