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Man Dies From Self-Inflicted Injury Sustained During Traffic Stop South of Rice Hill
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division is completing the investigation following Sunday night's OSP traffic stop south of Rice Hill during which a 31-year old Post Falls, Idaho man shot himself. The man died December 20th at a Springfield area hospital.
On December 19, 2010 at approximately 8:50 p.m. an OSP trooper 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. The trooper contacted the driver and noted indicators of possible intoxication.  While standing next to the pickup talking with the man who was seated inside, the trooper saw the man reach for and grab a handgun. As the trooper 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 the cover officers arrived, they approached the pickup and found the man inside injured from a gunshot wound. The officers immediately started emergency medical care until they were relieved by Drain Ambulance paramedics.
The man was initially transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center and later taken by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.  At OSP's request, Idaho State Police notified next of kin.  He was in critical condition until he passed away the next morning.