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OSP Oakridge Trooper Receives Department Honor For Actions During Capture of Armed & Dangerous Fugitive
01/21/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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(Left to Right: Superintendent Brown and Trooper Ratliff)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Chris Brown presented the Department's highest honor Thursday to an Oakridge-area trooper for his heroic and professional response in September 2010 that led to the capture of an armed and dangerous fugitive.
 
Trooper Caleb Ratliff received the "Holly V. Holcomb Award" from Superintendent Brown during a special presentation January 20, 2011 at the Springfield Area Command office. Established in 1988, the "Holly V. Holcomb Award" is named after Superintendent Holcomb who was shot and killed November 25, 1975 in front of the Public Service Building in Salem. The award is presented to officers who, while serving in an official capacity, distinguish themselves by reacting to a situation in a heroic or positive and professional manner to reduce the risk of loss of life or injury to another person.
 
"Caleb's professional response and transition following the use of force to immediately providing critical emergency medical care to this wounded armed fugitive was so impressive. His actions that night were a clear demonstration of the type of individual this award was intended to be presented to," said Brown.
 
On September 18, 2010 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Trooper Ratliff and an Oakridge police officer responded to a report of a subject matching the description of a 47-year old wanted armed and dangerous fugitive who was the subject of a multi-day manhunt. The officers spotted a man matching the description walking toward the east side Oakridge city limits. As they attempted to make contact with the man, he pulled out a handgun and was shot 3 times by Ratliff.
 
Following the shooting, Ratliff immediately provided emergency medical care to the wounded fugitive who was subsequently transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was facing charges in Deschutes County including Robbery in the First Degree, Kidnap in the Second Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. He was indicted by a Deschutes County Grand Jury and his case is still pending.
 
After a review of the officer-involved shooting investigation, the Lane County District Attorney announced the shooting was "justified and consistent with the requirements of Oregon law."
Ratliff, age 28, has worked for OSP for over five years and is assigned in the Patrol Services Division at the Oakridge work site.
 
Information about Superintendent Holcomb is available on our website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/holly_holcomb.shtml