Wednesday, March 23, 2011
TOLLGATE -- An armed, wanted 52-year-old man was critically injured Tuesday evening in a shooting that involved an Oregon State Police trooper and a Umatilla County Sheriff's deputy, officials said.
Preliminary information indicates that at about 6 p.m. the trooper and deputy responded to a report of a vehicle crash on Highway 204 near here. When officers arrived they found the vehicle abandoned and footprints visible in the snow leading away from it. The trooper and deputy searched the area for the driver whom they learned was wanted on a federal parole violation warrant related to a weapons offense, according to an OSP news release.
At about 7:28 p.m. the officers reportedly saw a man armed with a rifle crouched down near a snowbank. They ordered the man to drop the rifle aimed at the officers but he failed to comply and shots were fired, wounding the man, the press release says.
After notifying dispatch of the shooting, the trooper and deputy provided initial emergency medical care until EMS personnel arrived and took over. The man was transported by ambulance initially to Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. He was later transferred by air ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. He is in critical but stable condition.
The 24-year-old male trooper and 33-year-old male deputy were not injured. Both officers were placed on paid department leave pending the investigation. The trooper has been with OSP for 2 1/2 years. The deputy is a 9 1/2-year veteran with the sheriff's office.
The names of the involved officers and the man who was shot weren't immediately released.
A multiagency investigation is under way involving OSP, the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Pendleton Police Department, Hermiston Police Department, Umatilla Tribal Police Department, Milton-Freewater Police Department and the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office.