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Update: Officers' Names Released Related to Trooper-Involved Shooting in Oakridge
The Lane County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation into Saturday night's officer-involved shooting in Oakridge. The two police officers are identified as:
  • Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Caleb Ratliff, age 28, a five-year OSP trooper assigned at the Oakridge work site
  • Oakridge Police (OPD) Officer Zachariah Ames, age 35, a five year OPD officer
On September 18, 2010 at approximately 9:30 p.m., Trooper Ratliff and Officer Ames responded to a report of a subject matching the description of a wanted armed and dangerous fugitive walking toward the east side Oakridge city limits when they spotted the man in the 48000 block of East 1st Street. As the two officers attempted to make contact with the man he pulled out a handgun and was shot at least once by Ratliff.
James Patrick Powers, age 47, was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he is still being treated for non-life threatening injury.
Additional incident information is available on Sunday's news release at:
Questions regarding the ongoing investigation should be directed to the Lane County Sheriff's Office or Lane County District Attorney's Office. OSP and OPD have assisted during the investigation.