Driver dies in gunfire exchange with trooper near Sisters
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A motorist who pointed a firearm at a state trooper near Sisters is dead after shots were fired, just a day after a motorist died in another part of Oregon after a shootout with a trooper.
The latest incident occurred just before noon Friday after a trooper stopped a vehicle on Highway 20 near milepost 90 following what troopers described as a "driving complaint." The driver pointed a gun at the trooper and fled. Troopers deployed spike strips, but his car continued on the highway and turned onto Harrington Loop.
A trooper rammed his car, causing it to slow and stop between two patrol cars. That's when the suspect again showed a gun.
Shots were fired, police said, and the driver was found dead in the vehicle. Police said it was too early to confirm he died of shots from officers.
Two state troopers, who were not named, were placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard in officer-involved shootings.
A day earlier, a motorist fired at a trooper along Interstate 84 near The Dalles. The trooper was wounded with minor injuries, and his assailant died from the trooper's bullet.