OSP Captain Fugate on leave pending criminal investigation

Oregon State Police Captain Bill Fugate - Photo from Multnomah County Communications.jpg

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon State Police Captain Bill Fugate is on paid administrative leave during a criminal investigation, the Deschutes County Sheriff said.

The investigation into Fugate, an 11-year veteran with OSP, stems from an anonymous report called into law enforcement on Tuesday.

Officials aren’t releasing information into the investigation, however they said it isn’t related to his employment or on-duty conduct.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office will be taking up the investigation.

"This investigation involves a high-level commander in a professional law enforcement agency," said Deschutes Sheriff L. Shane Nelson. "We are in the beginning stages of this investigation and want to balance transparency with our duty to protect the integrity of the investigation. We take these investigations seriously and will always do the right thing. In all criminal investigations, we respect our citizen's rights as we investigate to gather the facts."

Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton said Fugate was placed on paid administrative leave the following day. OSP's policy is to change the leave status to “unpaid” if criminal charges are filed.

"The Oregon State Police is grateful for the immediate and professional response by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, to allegations involving our employee. We are appreciative for the timely notification to our agency, so duty status determinations could be immediately made. OSP has the utmost confidence in Sheriff Nelson and his investigators to conduct a comprehensive and transparent investigation."

This is a developing story; updates will be posted as information comes in.

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