(Update) OSP Investigating Officer Involved Shooting- Polk County

Posted on October 1, 2023

Polk County Deputies are on scene of an officer involved shooting on Highway 22 near MP 23, just west of Salem. A Polk County Deputy was shot and is in stable condition with non life threatening injuries. Highway 22 in both directions are closed at Doaks Ferry Rd and at College Drive NW to protect the scene and will remain closed for an extended period of time. The Oregon State Police is enroute to investigate as per the Polk County Intentional Use of Deadly Physical Force Response Plan and in accordance with state law. There are no further updates at this time and any further releases will come from the Oregon State Police.

Oregon State Police – 09/30/23 5:23 PM

OSP Investigating Officer Involved Shooting- Polk County

The Oregon State Police major crimes section is actively investigating an officer involved shooting at the request of the Polk County District Attorney’s Office- in accordance with SB111 protocols.

On Saturday, September 30, at approximately 1:30 A.M., an Independence Police Officer initiated a traffic stop and the suspect vehicle fled.  The pursuit ended after officers deployed spike strips, disabling the vehicle, and the suspect fled on foot. Law enforcement officers responded to the area and located the suspect as he attempted to flee the area in another vehicle. The suspect opened fire on responding officers, striking a Polk County Deputy and law enforcement officers discharged their weapons in response.

As a result of the gunfire exchange, one suspect is deceased, another is injured, and the original suspect has been arrested.

There is no reason to believe there is any danger to the public at this time.

Due to the on-going investigation, further details are currently unavailable.  All future releases will come from the Polk County District Attorney’s Office.

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