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Interagency Investigation into Officer-Involved Shooting - Interstate 5 in Linn County

December 6, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us
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Linn County District Attorney's Office
(541) 967-3836



The investigation following Thursday night's officer-involved shooting during a traffic contact on Interstate 5 near Halsey in Linn County continues. The shooting involved a Salem police detective assigned to an interagency task force from outside the Linn County area.

On December 5, 2013 at approximately 7:50 p.m., Salem Police Detective Angus "Scott" Emmons and an Oregon Department of Justice investigator were traveling southbound on Interstate 5 south of Albany enroute to an assignment as part of an active investigation. Near Brownsville, a blue Toyota pickup truck passed their unmarked vehicle recklessly at a high rate of speed operated in an erratic and dangerous manner.

Detective Emmons attempted to stop the pickup with the emergency lights in his vehicle, but the pickup's driver failed to pull over. As Detective Emmons was calling for further assistance, the pickup suddenly stopped and the driver confronted Detective Emmons while armed with a firearm. Detective Emmons fired and hit the male suspect with his duty firearm. Detective Emmons has been placed on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure following an incident of this nature.

The Oregon Department of Justice agent present during the shooting is identified as Special Agent Michael Bethers, a 4-year veteran of Oregon DOJ with previous law enforcement experience. Initial information indicates that Agent Bethers did not fire his weapon. He was also placed on paid administrative leave as standard procedure.

Detective Emmons, Agent Bethers and responding OSP troopers administered first aid to the injured suspect until medical personnel arrived. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The injured man's condition is not being released but his injury is not life threatening. There were no other injuries.

Detectives from Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division and Linn County Major Crime Team continue to investigate the incident. Other agencies responding include Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Oregon Department of Justice, Salem Police Department, Albany Fire Department, and Linn County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators continue to ask that any witnesses who may have observed a vehicle driving recklessly in the area of the incident or passed the scene at the time of the shooting to contact OSP Detective Kyle Wilson at (503) 934-0355.

Future release of information related to this investigation will come from the Linn County District Attorney's Office.

 

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