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Suspect Sought Following Shooting of Lincoln City Police Officer; Search Continues in Waldport Area
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

The following information was shared during the first media briefing held Monday, January 24, 2011 at 10:15 a.m. at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
Present during media briefing:
Lieutenant Jerry Palmer - Lincoln City Police Department
Tracy Burt - Friend for over 34 years and an Officer with Port of Portland Police
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings - Oregon State Police Public Information Officer
The search continues for the unidentified suspect who shot and critically injured a Lincoln City police officer Sunday night during a traffic stop.  A multi-agency investigation is continuing and the search in the north end of Waldport has been ongoing since 11:30 p.m. after the suspect fled the vehicle he was driving.
The officer is identified as STEVEN B. DODDS, age 45, a six year veteran with Lincoln City Police Department. Officer DODDS was recognized last year by his fellow officers as the department's "Officer of the Year". He remains in critical condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland after undergoing emergency surgery upon arrival. He is not married and is the father of an 18-year old daughter.
Links to photographs of Officer Dodds:
The below links are of photographs taken when Lincoln City Police Chief Steven Bechard presented Officer Dodds with the "Officer of the Year" award during the 2010 Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet for Lincoln County.
According to Lincoln City Police Chief Steven Bechard, on January 23, 2011 at approximately 11:00 p.m. Officer DODDS stopped a 1984 Dodge sport utility vehicle for a speed violation in the south end of Lincoln City on Highway 101. During contact with the unidentified white male adult driver DODDS was shot more than one time. The suspect fled in the vehicle south.  DODDS reportedly did not fire at the suspect and was able to radio his dispatch center to tell them he had been shot.
DODDS was initially transported to North Lincoln Samaritan Hospital and then transferred by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital where he is currently in critical condition. Next of kin have been notified and are at the hospital with fellow officers and friends.
After the shooting, Newport police spotted the suspect vehicle and it attempted to elude officers southbound on Highway 101. While fleeing officers, the suspect fired several shots hitting two patrol cars but no officers were injured.  A female citizen's vehicle was also struck by gunfire from the suspect while he was fleeing.
At approximately 11:32 p.m. Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deployed spike strips near milepost 153 after which the suspect stopped the vehicle and was seen fleeing on foot west from the highway into a wooded area. Two reverse 9-1-1 calls have been made to area residents advising of the search.
The vehicle's registered owner has not been located.  Investigators have made contact with all known locations where the owner, DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM, age 43, but have not been able to find him.  Mr. DURHAM is an Oregon resident described as a white male, 6'3", 185 pounds.  The provided below link is to his 2007 DMV photograph.
Investigators are releasing his name and photograph to help obtain information that will confirm Mr. DURHAM is safe.  Investigators would like to interview him to learn if he has information to help identify and locate the suspect responsible in the shooting of DODDS.
Highway 101 between NW Sandpiper Drive and the Waldport bridge was closed since 11:30 p.m. before being opened in both directions about 8:30 a.m. with restricted access to side streets. Area residents and travelers have been cautioned to not pick up hitchhikers or unknown persons seeking a ride from the area while the search continues for the armed and dangerous suspect.
Officers from Oregon State Police (OSP), Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Newport Police Department, and Toledo Police Department are searching in the area. The OSP SWAT team has responded to assist. ODOT, Waldport Fire Department, and Lincoln City Fire Department assisted with road closures.
Anyone seeing anything suspicious or suspicious persons in the Waldport area is asked to immediately call 9-1-1.