Oregon State trooper shot; 'Person of interest' in custody
CRESWELL, Ore. - An Oregon State Police Trooper attempting to contact a person in a stolen car was shot Tuesday.
The trooper was shot in his bullet-proof vest and is expected to be OK, law enforcement said.
Lt. Steve Mitchell said the shooting happened around 1:20 p.m. as a Springfield Area Command trooper attempted to contact a person in stolen vehicle on Highway 99 near England Road.
"After a brief encounter with the suspect at the stolen vehicle, our trooper was shot. Our trooper did return fire. We do not believe that the suspect was hit," Mitchell said. "Our trooper sustained non-life threatening injuries."
The suspect vehicle has been located on Saginaw Road, officers at the scene said. That location is about a mile and a half from the scene of the shooting.
"There is a person of interest that is in custody," Mitchell said, "and according to the sheriff's office there is no further threat to public safety, to the community."
The Lane County Sheriff's Office will be the lead investigator on the shooting. And under Oregon law, an interagency team will investigate the trooper's use of potentially deadly force and forward its findings to the district attorney for review.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene of the shooting Tuesday.
An ambulance could be seen leaving the area shorlty before 2 p.m., followed by a law enforcement vehicle. Officials have not released the trooper's name.
A tactical unit from the Oregon State Police was on scene by 3 p.m.
Oregon State Police conducted a press briefing at the scene.
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