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Update: Search and Investigation Related to Shooting of Lincoln City Police Officer
01/24/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

On January 24, 2011 at approximately 3:00 p.m. Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda held a briefing for media at the Waldport Community Learning Center to update information related to the investigation related to the Sunday night shooting of Lincoln City Police Officer Steven B. Dodds. Chief Miranda reviewed some of the following information:
 
  • The investigation has reached a point that DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM, age 43, from northwest Portland, is considered the suspect who shot Officer Dodds during the January 23rd traffic stop in Lincoln City. DURHAM is the registered owner of the vehicle stopped by Dodds and investigators originally were seeking him because of their concern for his safety after several attempts to locate him. DURHAM is described as 6'3", 160 - 185 pounds, with long brown hair and blue eyes. Information indicates DURHAM, who is considered armed and dangerous, still looks like he does in the 2007 DMV photo released earlier today.
 
DURHAM photograph link valid 30 days - Source: Oregon DMV
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2011-01/1002/41470/durham.jpg
 
  • New information not shared during the news briefing is that investigators recently learned that DURHAM is believed to be in the company of his dog named "Huckleberry", a salt-and-pepper colored Blue Healer Australian Cattle dog weighing about 40 pounds. A photograph of the dog is provided with this update.
 
Links to photographs of the dog valid 30 days
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2011-01/1002/41470/Durham.dog.1.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2011-01/1002/41470/Durham.dog.2.jpg
 
  • Approximately 100 law enforcement officers have been involved in Monday's search around Waldport. During the day, officers responded to possible tips of suspicious circumstances or people, and also went door-to-door looking for the suspect. The Oregon State Police SWAT team has been replaced by Salem Police Department's team.
 
  • During Monday's search, area residents were allowed back to their homes by mid-day. They have been advised to remain inside their locked homes until advised otherwise. Area residents and travelers are reminded to not pick up any hitchhikers or any strangers asking for a ride.
 
  • Waldport area residents should expect to continue to see a heavy police presence in their community. The search is expected to continue until the suspect is found and taken into custody.
 
  • Anyone who sees someone matching the description of DURHAM should immediately call Lincoln County 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergent information related to this investigation or about DURHAM should call their non-emergency line at (541) 265-4231.
 
Officer DODDS is still in critical condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. No other information for release at this time.