At the request of Oregon State Police (OSP), the Linn County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) is conducting a death investigation involving a deceased male found in his vehicle at the end of a vehicle pursuit Friday night in the Albany area on Interstate 5. Additional information will be released by LCSO upon conclusion of their initial investigation.
On June 14, 2013 at approximately 7:26 p.m., OSP received a driving complaint of a vehicle traveling northbound on Interstate 5 south of Eugene near milepost 186. An OSP trooper spotted the 1980 Chevrolet Camaro at approximately 8:04 p.m. northbound near milepost 223 and attempted to stop it. The vehicle continued northbound attempting to elude the OSP trooper at a high rate of speed.
An OSP trooper deployed spike strips approaching Albany near milepost 232 and successfully spiked at least one tire. As the vehicle slowed, it traveled off the right side of the traffic lanes near milepost 234 and stopped in a grassy area next to the freeway.
OSP troopers and LCSO deputies initiated a felony stop and blocked the northbound lanes. Once officers were able to safely get up to the vehicle, they saw the lone adult male occupant was deceased from a gunshot wound. LCSO investigators confirmed positive identification of the deceased 41-year old male who died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His name will be released by LCSO. The deceased man had felony warrants and was driving with a suspended license. A firearm and other related evidence was found in the vehicle.
Officers from Albany Police Department assisted at the scene. Northbound traffic was open to one lane for the duration of the scene investigation.