Man shot, killed by deputy after fleeing traffic stop in McMinnville
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- A man was shot and killed after attempting to flee a traffic stop Wednesday in McMinnville.
It all began around 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 99W and Doran Drive when a Yamhill County sheriff's deputy pulled over 24-year-old Kevin Lamont Judson of Dayton, Oregon for a traffic stop.
Judson then fled the scene and ran across the highway to a parking lot. The deputy who made the traffic stop had called for backup. The deputy who had responded to that call, Richard Broyles, was in the parking lot when investigators said Judson tried to get into his car.
June Etlinger, who works nearby, said she saw the deputy shoot.
"Well he just kept telling the gentleman (to) get down and wouldn't get down. He told him to stop. He jumped in his car and that was about it. The guy just wouldn't listen," she said. "(I) stayed in the building. Then after the shots were done I went out to check on the cop to see if he was OK, and he gave me a thumbs up, and he told me to go back inside. So I did. The cop was very professional, and I felt he did his job. He did it well."
She said she heard four or five shots fired rapidly.
Kevin Lamont Judson
Judson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Broyles, a 16-year veteran of the sheriff's office, was placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard procedure.
Broyles was not injured in the incident, but police have not said whether the suspect had a weapon.
Judson was driving a Nissan Maxima with a Montana plate on the front and an Oregon plate on the back.
According to court records, in 2011 Judson pleaded guilty to meth possession in Yamhill County. Then he violated his probation.
The McMinnville Police Department said police had "numerous encounters" with Judson.
McMinnville Police, Newberg-Dundee Police, Carlton Police, Oregon State Police and the Yamhill County District Attorney and Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident.
If you have any information, you're asked to call 503-434-2337.