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Investigation Underway Related to Tuesday Night Officer-Involved Shooting in Umatilla County
03/23/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
 
Tony Green
Department of Communications - Department of Justice
(503) 378-6002

A multi-agency investigation led by the Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division with the assistance of the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Department of Justice and the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office, is being conducted following a non-fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred Tuesday evening in rural Umatilla County. An OSP trooper and Umatilla County deputy were involved in the shooting that injured an armed wanted 52-year male.
 
Preliminary information indicates on March 22, 2011 at approximately 6:00 p.m. the OSP trooper and Umatilla County deputy responded to a report of a vehicle crash on Highway 204 near Tollgate. When officers arrived they found the vehicle abandoned and footprints visible in the snow leading away from it. The trooper and deputy searched the area for the driver whom they learned was wanted on a federal Parole Violation warrant related to a weapons offense.
 
At approximately 7:28 p.m. they saw a man crouched down near a snow bank armed with a rifle. The officers ordered the man to drop the rifle aimed at the officers but he failed to comply and shots were fired, wounding the man.
 
After notifying dispatch of the shooting, the trooper and deputy provided initial emergency medical care until EMS personnel arrived and took over. The man was transported by ambulance initially to Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. He was later transferred by air ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. He is in critical but stable condition.
 
The 24-year old male trooper and 33-year old male deputy were not injured. Both officers were placed on paid department leave pending the investigation. The trooper has been with OSP for 2 1/2 years. The deputy is a 9 1/2 year veteran with Umatilla County Sheriff's Office.
 
In compliance with SB 111 protocol established for deadly force investigations in Umatilla County, a multi-agency investigation involving OSP, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Pendleton Police Department, Hermiston Police Department, Umatilla Tribal Police Department, Milton-Freewater Police Department, and Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office is underway.
 
The names of the involved officers and person shot are being withheld at this time.
 
Additional information will be released only with approval from the Department of Justice and Umatilla County District Attorney's Office.