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Idaho Man Critical After Shooting Himself During Traffic Stop South of Rice Hill
12/20/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the investigation following a Sunday night OSP traffic stop south of Rice Hill during which an Idaho man shot himself. The man is in critical condition at a Springfield area hospital.
 
On December 19, 2010 at approximately 8:50 p.m. Trooper Joe Feland stopped a silver Ford Ranger pickup displaying Idaho license plates southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 145 following a report that the driver was possibly intoxicated. Feland contacted the driver identified as IGOR V. NIAKI, age 31, from Post Falls, Idaho and noted indicators of possible intoxication.
 
While standing next to the pickup talking with NIAKI who was seated inside, Feland saw NIAKI reach for and grab a handgun. As Feland retreated he heard a single gunshot fired from inside the pickup.
 
Southbound traffic was stopped while cover officers from Sutherlin Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. After arrival, the officers approached the pickup and found NIAKI inside injured from a gunshot wound to the head. The officers immediately started emergency medical care until they were relieved by Drain Ambulance paramedics.
 
NIAKI was initially transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center and later taken by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. He is currently in critical condition and next of kin have been notified.
 
The southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were briefly closed until the scene was secured and then one lane remained closed until about 10:30 p.m.