April 27, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Photograph links valid 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police
(Photos taken 4/27/13 of evidence/area search by investigators with help from Jefferson County Search & Rescue volunteers in area of shooting incident)
On April 26, 2013, at approximately 5:01 p.m., a 56-year old fugitive wanted on an out-of-state warrant was being sought by OSP, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police Department, and Warm Springs Police Department following an earlier elude in a remote, wooded area. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office also activated an airplane to assist with the search from the air after the suspect fled from a vehicle on foot. The man, who was armed with a firearm, was spotted in the area east of Highway 97 in the vicinity of Darrer Road and NW Dogwood Lane northeast of Madras. During an encounter with OSP Sergeant Mike Turner, he was shot at least one time.
The man was initially provided emergency medical care by law enforcement officers who were in the area. He was then transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend where he has undergone surgery and is in critical condition. The man's name is not being released until confirmation that next of kin have been notified.
Sergeant Turner was not injured. As is standard protocol in officer-involved shooting investigations, he was placed on paid administrative leave pending the ongoing investigation and review by the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. Turner, age 35, joined OSP in 1999 and is currently assigned in the Patrol Services Division at the Bend Area Command office.
About three hours before the shooting, OSP troopers responded to assist Jefferson County Sheriff's Office regarding a reported burglary after a man was seen inside a residence. An OSP trooper spotted an associated vehicle after it left the scene and its driver attempted to elude the trooper. After about 5 minutes, the trooper decided to terminate the pursuit and lost sight of the vehicle on farm property.
Officers from the above listed agencies searched the area for approximately two hours before the man was spotted and the officer-involved shooting occurred.
No other information anticipated for release unless approved by lead investigators and Jefferson County District Attorneys' Office.